Goldsborough's fourth re-creation of West 35th Street brownstone residents Nero Wolfe and pal Archie Goodwin finds them a mere shadow of their former Rex Stout selves. Here, Lily Rowan's niece Noreen suffers date rape, and Archie offers to have a word with the perp--yuppie lay about Sparkie Linville, usually seen in the company of nerdy Todd Halliburton, his yes man. Archie and Sparkie come to blows--so naturally when Sparky is found dead, Inspector Cramer is only to happy to name Archie #1 suspect. Except that Noreen's brother Michael confesses. Did he do it? Without much ado, Nero Wolfe proves that he did not and, in a carefully stage-managed scene, quickly eliminates Noreen's dad, her grasping mother, and her chums, none of whom, of course, has an airtight alibi for the night of the murder. Finally, though, Wolfe--by substituting a murder weapon for the one that was never found--chagrins the killer into self-incriminating remarks. A lifeless dud of a series--which has been all downhill ever since its promising debut, Murder in E Minor. Either reread the originals or make your peace with the fact that there'll be no more of them.