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Summary

When a loudmouthed author gets silenced, Wolfe looks for the triggerman

The gun was fired close to Charles Childress’s head, and his were the only fingerprints on it, forcing the police to conclude that the author committed suicide. But his friends know this is impossible, because Childress loved himself far too much. He had just begun attracting fame, writing new mysteries starring the iconic Sergeant Barnstable, and he had bright hopes for the future. His publisher hires corpulent genius Nero Wolfe to determine who cut Childress’s career short, and the detective finds no dearth of suspects. Among the many who may have wanted the wordsmith whacked are his agent, his editor, a corrupt book reviewer, and an enraged legion of Barnstable devotees. With the help of his indefatigable assistant, Archie Goodwin, Wolfe takes a look at those closest to the arrogant, argumentative author, hoping to decide which of Childress’s associates merely hated him, and which would have been willing to kill.

©1994 Robert Goldsborough (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • mp
  • 26-03-14

So Disappointed

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Both the book and narrator are severely lacking, but the narration especially irked me. The narrator's choices for voices/accents for the characters are irritating. One example: the narrator apparently thinks that Fritz, a Swiss, should be read with a bad Spanish accent. So painful to listen to.

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  • Olga T.
  • 01-08-18

The story is getting better, but narrator...

The story is getting better with every book. The characters are closer to original. The plot is more believable, although the modern times described in 40s language sound odd.

On the other hand the narrator is getting worse with every book. He is overreacting to the point of grotesque, almost a caricature. For example: the original Archie was elegant and sharp-witted, the narrator's Archie sounds vulgar and plain disrespectful towards his employer; Fritz swiss-german accent became a bad parody on Spanish accent. Majority of dialogs sound overly confrontational to the point being vulgar.

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  • Ronald B. Ballard
  • 12-06-15

Wolfe-ish

What did you like best about The Missing Chapter? What did you like least?

Goldsborough has the characters completely. Not enough Cramer.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Less antagonistic interaction with Cramer

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Absolutely

Do you think The Missing Chapter needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Not a follow-up but more in the series

Any additional comments?

Goldsborough is growing and becoming more Stout like.