SILVER SPIRE by Robert Goldsborough


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 Goldsborough's sixth Nero Wolfe/Archie Goodwin caper (Fade to Black, 1990, etc.) begins with Lloyd Morgan, senior financial functionary at Staten Island's Tabernacle of Silver Spire, consulting the duo about ominous, anonymous letters that have been sent to charismatic televangelist Barnabas Bay. The two decline the case and pass it on to freelance p.i. Fred Durkin, who's promptly accused of murdering the much disliked senior associate pastor, Royal Meade. To save Fred, Wolfe sends Archie to reconnoiter the faithful, specifically the ``Circle of Faith,'' Bay's eight closest associates. One by one, Archie chats them up; then Wolfe has one of his infamous relapses--he retires to his bedroom to eat, read, and sulk, but not to detect and deduce--while his cook, Fritz, plays nanny and Archie snipes at his sloth. Eventually, Wolfe gets up and--good grief!--ventures to Staten Island and the Silver Spire headquarters, where he gathers all 'round and tells whodunit. The only thing this has in common with the work of Rex Stout is the names of the characters. Otherwise: a very poor plot indeed- -not much happens, what does is clichÇd.

Pub Date: Oct. 15th, 1992
ISBN: 0-553-07237-4
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Bantam
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 1992


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