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When a great thinker takes a nasty tumble, Wolfe goes back to school.

A conservative academic, so far to the right that he thought Ronald Reagan was a pinko, Hale Markham rules Prescott University like an intellectual tyrant - right up until the morning he is found dead at the bottom of one of Prescott’s famously beautiful ravines. Every liberal on campus hated the crotchety old crank, but which one is responsible for giving Markham his final push to the right? 

The case so intrigues the incomparable, reclusive master detective Nero Wolfe that  he takes the unusual step of leaving the confines of his home. With man of action Archie Goodwin at his side, Wolfe examines jealous professors, a fanatical assistant, and a university president with an ego that - like the school itself - will not stop growing. Though they are far from the city, Wolfe and Goodwin will find that no back alley is as dangerous as the shadowy corridors of the Ivy League.

©1988 Robert Goldsborough (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • Pamela
  • 09-11-15

Not Rex Stout but Not Bad

Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe books are especially lovely because they are laced throughout with moments which "sit like a jewel on the cushion of" the plot. Robert Goldsborough's Nero Wolfe books bring back the much beloved characters who are at the center of Stout's books and I am always glad to spend time with Nero, Archie, Fritz, Saul and even Inspector Cramer. Goldsborough has written a perfectly fine cozy mystery. What his books lack are those moments, those jewels, which cause Stout's books to sparkle.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-04-15

great listening

loved it the narrator makes me laugh I'm ready to continue on to Archie shut up!

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  • Kathi
  • 25-02-14

Not up to quality of other books in this series

I have truly enjoyed the other books I've read by Robert Goldsborough, who has brought the old Nero Wolfe series back to life again. But this left me wondering if he just had an off effort here. Moderately interesting in most places, the ending could have been far better. However, the narration is quite good, and that saved the book for me.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-02-18

Not the plant

Yes there are dark hidden secrets even in the Ivy League Collages! When a well known professor falls off a path to his death, no one believes it was an accident. Believe it or not, Nero Wolfe leaves his fortress on the streets of New York to solve the murder.

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  • JCall
  • 02-02-18

A Decent Read, But Not Rex Stout

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This is the third Robert Goldsborough Nero Wolfe book that I've listened to, and while I've enjoyed the story arc of all of them, the dialogue between Archie and Nero just isn't up to Rex Stout's standards. In my opinion, the exchanges between the two protagonists are a key part of the appeal of the Wolfe books. However, particularly in this volume, their relationship is off. Archie comes off as far more antagonistic (and almost harsh at times), while Wolfe's responses come off as cliched. It is a minor gripe, I suppose, but it did notably detract from my enjoyment of the book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-08-15

It isn't Stout...But it's pretty close!

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Rex Stout fans will be happy with the familiar characters, the familiar (and in this case, unfamiliar) settings, and all of the "Wolfeisms". Goldsborough does a great job of "feeding our hunger" for Nero. Like I said above, it isn't Stout, but it's pretty close!

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  • Chalis
  • 28-05-15

Nero Wolfe is Unique

As I listened to this book I wondered if any present day author would create a character such as Nero Wolfe. He's self indulgent, cranky, demanding, extremely overweight and brilliant. The series was first written by Rex Stout. Robert Goldsborough has, in my opinion, done an excellent job on his Nero Wolfe books.

The book is populated with many interesting characters. The mystery was a bit of a disappointment. Even so, the story held my interest.. I

I'll listen to more Nero Wolf stories by Robert Goldsborough.