Nero Wolfe lives. Although Rex Stout, creator of the popular series, died in 1975, the iconic investigator continues to thrive thanks to Chicago writer Robert Goldsborough who took up where the stories should have ended. That’s mid 1900s New York, in a luxurious old brownstone on West 35th Street where the rotund Wolfe devotes four hours a day to his beloved orchids in the rooftop greenhouse while his personal chef Fitz creates gastronomic delights in the kitchen and story narrator Archie Goodwin keeps the books, answers the phone and does the leg work for yet another caper.
Archie is enjoying a rare afternoon off at the Polo Grounds in northern Manhattan where the Giants are taking on the Dodgers. At the top of the fourth, a line drive lifts the crowd to its feet and a veteran state senator takes a sniper bullet to the head. Turns out there are plenty of people who despise Orson Milbank, but who’d want to see him dead?
When Wolfe reluctantly takes the case, Archie hits the bricks and tracks down a number of suspects. Those familiar with the original Wolfe novels will be pleased to know that Goldsborough is delightfully true to their flavor and character. Reading Murder in the Ball Park is like visiting old friends whose wit and mannerisms are both familiar and anticipated. For those new to the world of Nero Wolfe, the book is a pleasant introduction to the idiosyncratic armchair detective and his street-wise sidekick.
Murder in the Ball Park is the ninth Nero Wolfe mystery by Goldsborough, a Nero-Award winning author.