The Last Coincidence

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The Last Coincidence

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  • Title: The Last Coincidence
  • Author: Robert Goldsborough
  • ISBN: 9780553286168
  • Page: 183
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Evgeny on said:

      It turns out Archie Goodwin's girlfriend Lily Rowan had a niece called Noreen. The latter started dating a guy who had a fairly nasty reputation despite the fact that she was supposed to be very level-headed and smart. She was sexually assaulted by him and after a while Archie got a wind of it. Before he was able to do anything in this situation (and even our narrator himself had no plan on how to handle this) the bad guy ended up beaten to death. Noreen's brother confessed to the murder. Everyt [...]

    2. Irene Sauman on said:

      I have, over the past six weeks or so, re-read all the Rex Stout Nero Wolfe books and some of those written by his successor, Robert Goldsborough. Despite his best efforts, Goldsborough doesn’t quite get Stout’s voice. The writing is overall not as tight and Archie Goodwin’s voice isn’t always truly Archie. I’m not sure any author can seamlessly re-create another author’s work, and Rex Stout was a particularly hard act to follow with his IQ of 185Most of the Goldsborough titles are r [...]

    3. Kay Hudson on said:

      I know some Rex Stout/Nero Wolfe purists are not thrilled with Robert Goldsborough’s continuation of the series, but I’ve been enjoying his efforts. The Last Coincidence was published in 1989, and, although the characters have not aged over several decades, they are now living in the late twentieth century, and Archie is keeping the orchid records and doing other office tasks on a computer. His relationship with long-time lady friend Lily Rowan gets a bit more attention, too, although Archie [...]

    4. Philip on said:

      I liked this book quite a lot and while I agree Robert Goldsborough is not Rex Stout I think he has done a pretty fair job of capturing the essence of Archie, Nero and Lily and really, in fact, probably all of the recurring characters. I think it's quite appropriate to move the time frame up to the 80's although this does create a bit of an anomaly with the ages of all the characters but I guess that's artistic licence or something. Anyway this one had a fair plot, all the clues in place and the [...]

    5. Nancy on said:

      I fear that the most significant commentary on this book (from me) is that I just finished re-reading it and didn't realize I'd read it 8 years ago until I saw that I'd already posted a review on . So, let's say it was NOT the most memorable of Robert Goldsborough's Nero Wolfe books.My principal quibble with it is that is is a very contemporary story and my personal bias prefers to find Archie and Nero Wolfe in the New York of the 30's to 50's, with all the period color. A big part of the charm [...]

    6. Robert on said:

      Mr. Goldsborough does an admirable job of rejuvenating the the rotund pedantic detective and his sly and quick witted right hand man. I enjoyed the updating of the scenery to the present day (that being the the late 1980's) it felt comfortable and not a manufactured period piece. The plot and characters held my interest, although I found the final solution to be somewhat simplistic. All in all satisfactory.

    7. Jdetrick on said:

      I don't envy any writer who takes over a series from another author, especially a series that includes as many entries as Nero Wolfe. Unfortunately, this book never really works for me. Goldsborough is close to capturing Rex Stout's voice, but he doesn't quite make it there, and the book includes instances where he seems to completely misunderstand a character or their relationships with other characters. Also, I'm not sure the mystery actually workse ending was very unsatisfying, with the ident [...]

    8. Marilyn on said:

      Nero figured it out! If you like mysteries that are solved by a man in a chair, good thinking quiet ones, then this is your book! Most of the time I can figure them out, but this not only had me stumped, but it seemed as if Nero was also. He made an appology to his client and told her to prove who "did it" may just end in conjecture and not in a conviction. This could certainly have been anyone of many people. How would he prove who was guilty? To get the murderer to confess was the only way! To [...]

    9. Suzanne on said:

      Before this book, I don't think I've ever guessed the identity of the killer before the victim was even murdered. The fact that I was still on the edge of my seat, trying to guess how Nero & Archie would prove it speaks to just how wonderful Robert Goldsborough's Nero Wolfe Mysteries are.

    10. Dueep Jyot on said:

      Being a lifelong fan of Rex Stout, I really hate it when another author takes up the load of writing like the master, and makes a hash of it. I have all the Nero Wolfe books, and this was the most colorless And boring book, with my favorite characters, Archie and Mr. Wolfe. Archie has to be snappy, witty, With a dry sort of humor, which shows in his reports. Mr. Goldsborough's Archie is thoroughly boring, and does not have the chemistry with Lily Rowan, we are supposed to think that he has that [...]

    11. Ed on said:

      #4 in the Robert Goldsborough continuation of the 47 entry Nero Wolfe series by Rex Stout. Original series fans will be pleased to see the series continued, if not as robustly as when written by Stout. I picked the murderer early on in the book, although I admit it was a guess with no evidence in sight. Archie Goodwin later picks the same person with no more evidence than I had, although he has spent a couple hundred pages eliminating everyone else. Enjoyable but not great, extra points if you'r [...]

    12. A.G. Lindsay on said:

      I think this is the best of the Goldsborough Nero Wolfe books I've read so far. I probably would have rated it four and a half stars since it's not as good as the better Stout offerings, but, surprisingly, it *is* as good as some of the worse ones.The characters seem consistent with their Stout originations, the interaction between Archie and Lily was fun and made the book. The mystery could have been a little better (I didn't like the fact that the murder was actually strong-armed to join the " [...]

    13. Danielle Sheppard on said:

      Lily Rowan has a family situation it seems like her niece Noreen and Lily's favorite member of the family has been raped. Sparky is accused of the rape and Archie Goodwin is mad enough to approach his employer Nero Wolfe to undertake the case. Noreen James is the client, and as the suspects pile up the coincidence become many because every suspect does not have an alibi and every suspect wanted Sparky Linville dead.He is beaten by a tire iron in a parking garage and Lily's family is not only dys [...]

    14. Hattie M on said:

      It was weird. Archie in the late 80s, with a computer. He was incredibly anachronistic. (He still was a noir detective, but he helped develop the stereotype of the noir detective and well the 80s wasn't all that noir.) But I think he's about to the point where the anachronism could be a character choice as much as that's how he's always been.I tend to think of all books like this, written by someone who is not the original author without the original author's input, as really lucky fan fiction. [...]

    15. Carolyn on said:

      I recently read the new book by above author, about how Archie met Nero Wolfe and really enjoyed it, so I looked forward to starting this book. I was a bit disappointed. Set in modern times, (1989, when the book was written), it still tried to be a bit 1940's. It didn't work for me, I guess. I didn't find the characters very engaging or care who the killer was. I was not at all caught up in the story. Archie and Nero Wolfe are very true to form. I do like that, however, I will not be looking for [...]

    16. Alice Segura on said:

      Rex Stout Would be ProudThis is really a five star story, but I'm partial to Stout. Archie and Nero are perfectly portrayed, even Fitz is spot on. Nero is tasked by a young woman to find the true killer of the man who took advantage of her. Her brother has confessed and the whole family is in an uproar. Lily takes a more visible part in the mystery and Archie, is once again gathering clues, yet clueless about the solution. Fun, fun for Nero Wolf and Archie fans.

    17. Chris Birdy on said:

      The series continues Nero Wolfe is forced to get involved in a case involving Archie's friend's niece, and he's not happy about it. The lazy detective must determine who killed a cad who took advantage of the young niece then turned up dead. Goldsborough keeps the series alive with the same cast of characters and even updates things with Archie using a PC instead of a typewriter. But Nero Wolfe is still lazy. An enjoyable quick read.

    18. Linda Smatzny on said:

      This is the fourth novel written by this author featuring Nero Wolfe. The case this time involves the family of Lily Rowan,Archie Goodwin' special friend. A man who had dated Lily's niece is murdered and Lily's nephew confesses to the crime. Wolfe is hired by the family and has to find the real murderer. The book was a quick and easy read.

    19. Treva on said:

      There were a couple editorial errors in the book. Wolfe referred to Linville being questioned when he was already dead and should have referred to James being questioned by Cramer about Linville. Also, Archie said the funeral was scheduled for 12:30 but then said the minister started it promptly at 10 when he was there.

    20. Jo Ellen on said:

      Goldsborough has done a good job of capturing Nero Wolfe's voice in this book. Lily Rowan's niece gets into trouble with a playboy who shows up dead. The finger points at her brother, who then confesses. She hires Nero to prove him innocent. It feels classic Stout with maybe not quite the Archie zing.

    21. Casey on said:

      Nailed itI had a bit of trouble wrapping my head around the change in time to more recent days, especially Archie having a computer, but it was still the quintessential Nero Wolfe that I've known and loved for many years.

    22. Denise Kearney on said:

      I Book-$2.99-Early Bird Books. Another really good Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin mystery. The series started in the 1930s when Rex Stout wrote Fer de Lance and ended with Death Times Three. Robert Goldsborough has taken over the series. The characters are great and the plots never disappoint.

    23. Kimberly on said:

      Good entry in a workmanlike series. He has done Rex Stout reasonably proud over the years.

    24. Gabriel Dorian on said:

      Not badso far my favorite of the Wolfe books by Hillsborough. didn't seem as forced as the others I read previously

    25. Paul Kaperick on said:

      I love these new Nero Wolfe books!Keep them coming. I plan to read them all. The author grasps the subtleties of Stout's telling of Wolfe's cases through Archie. Just read them.

    26. Charles Gory on said:

      An excellent read wonderful dialogue between Lily Rowan and Archie Goodwin. Good to meet more of her family and explore their relationship a little.

    27. Janet Muse on said:

      True to the charactersI read these books by visualizing the tv series that I enjoyed immensely and this book melds well with those visualizations.

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