MY NAME IS ARCHIE GOODWIN. Most people know me as the tough but lovable sidekick of a rather heavyset, beer-drinking, orchid-fancying, uncanny master of deduction named Nero Wolfe. Wolfe and I have worked some pretty wild cases. This one I call - - - The Red Bull
$45,000 WORTH OF BULL
If Thomas Pratt, the millionaire restaurateur, had his heart set on barbecuing Caesar Hickory Grindon, a $45,000 champion bull, that was okay with me. I didn't even really mind guarding the champ in the pitch-black cow pasture at midnight. But things got complicated when an angry young man name of Clyde bet $10,000 that the barbecue would never take place. He was right. Everyone kind of lost his appetite when the main dish was discovered pawing at Clyde's mangled body....
"I presume you know, since I've told you, that my distrust and hatred of vehicles in motion is partly based on my plerophory that their apparent submission to control is illusory and that they may at their pleasure, and sooner or later will, act on whim. Very well, this one has, and we are intact. Thank God the whim was not a deadlier one." (p. 1-2)
"In all ordinary circumstances Wolfe's cocky and unlimited conceit prevents the development of any of the tender sentiments, such as compassion for instance, but that afternoon I felt sorry for him. He was being compelled to break some of his most ironclad rules. He was riding behind strange drivers, walking in crowds, obeying a summons from a prospective client, and calling upon a public official, urged on by his desperate desire to find a decent place to sit down." (p. 96)
"Stout's Best . . .UNBEATABLE" - - - SATURDAY REVIEW OF LITERATURE
- Some Buried Caesar was named one of the century's 100 favorite mysteries by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association.
- "It is always a treat to read a Nero Wolfe mystery. The man has entered our folklore." The New York Times Book Review.
- "Some Buried Caesar [features] a delightfully complicated plot." Diane Mott Davidson, author of Fatally Flakey.
- "I love Nero Wolfe. I love his house, his orchids, his sour disposition, and his shrouded past. I love his reading habits, his unabashed fear of women, and his incredible appetite." Walter Mosley, author of The Long Fall.
- "Some Buried Caesar includes all the elements that make the Nero Wolfe stories so wonderful: a complex plot with a stunning final twist; engaging secondary characters, including Lily Rowan, whom we meet for the first time; and pitch perfect dialogue. It might have been written in the 1930s, but it resonates today." Jane K. Cleland, author of the Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries Series.