Archie Goodwin leaves Manhattan for the Midwest to find out who put a bullet into a banker.
Archie Goodwin’s aunt Edna is about to lure him away from his work at Nero Wolfe’s New York brownstone. After a phone call, he heads off to Ohio, where the president of Farmer’s State Bank and Trust, an elderly widower, has died in an apparent suicide. But Archie’s aunt has expressed nagging suspicions—which only grow stronger when someone takes a shot at a local reporter who wrote about the case.
It wouldn’t be a small town without some gossip, and Archie soon hears the whispers: romantic intrigues, a possible paternity case, a ruined business. While reconnecting with his aging mother—and fending off his nagging aunt—Archie tries to untangle a web of grudges, scandals, and murder.
From Nero Award winner Robert Goldsborough, this is a brand-new novel in the series created by Rex Stout, starring one of the world’s most beloved detectives and his equally engaging sidekick.
Archie Goes Home is the 15th book in the Nero Wolfe Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
Goldsborough's first-rate Nero Wolfe mystery (after 2019's Death of an Art Collector) deepens Rex Stout's characters by extrapolating from the original novels' few clues to paint a plausible portrait of Archie Goodwin's unnamed Ohio hometown. Archie's aunt, Edna Wainwright, alerts him to a suspicious death there. Octogenarian banker Logan Mulgrew was found dead in his home, an apparent suicide, but Edna believes that Mulgrew, who had enemies in the area, may have been murdered. That belief is strengthened after someone fires a gun at the apartment of a journalist who wrote a column questioning whether Mulgrew took his own life. Archie uses a trip home to visit his mother as an opportunity to indulge his aunt's curiosity and look into those wronged enough by Mulgrew to have a motive to kill him. Goldsborough doesn't strike a false note, an impressive feat given the sparse information about Archie's background that Stout provided. This clever pastiche will enthrall Stout fans.