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The Hand in the Glove

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  397 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
Wealthy industrialist P. L. Storrs has never approved of lady detectives, and he normally would not have made an exception of Theodolina "Dol" Bonner. But faced with a very delicate problem and surprisingly impressed, he hires her instantly. It seems that Storrs' bird-witted wife has fallen under the spell of a smooth-talking religious charlatan, and now Storrs wants Dol t ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 190 pages
Published September 1964 by Pyramid Books (first published 1937)
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Oct 20, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-reads, mystery
I actually feel guilty giving this two stars. I worship Rex Stout and as much as I love the fact that he was writing about an intelligent and skilled female private detective in 1937...I just didn’t enjoy the book. Of course it was well written but I wasn't engaged or entertained the way I've come to expect from Stout. I think other mystery lovers probably will like it but it just didn’t do it for me. Give me my Nero and Archie any day.
Dec 09, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Only diehard Stout fans filling in
Shelves: rex-stout
Dol Bonner is the main character of this mystery. Lesser Rex Stout
Jul 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was an interesting mystery, but not the same kind of humor and character-driven entertainment of the Nero Wolfe series.
Adam Graham
Hand in the Glove features Dol Bonner, a young woman who has started her detective agency with the financial help of wealthy heiress Sylvia Raffray, who is on the cusp of taking over her family fortune. Her Guardian, P.L. Storrs, objects to Sylvia's involvement in the detective business as it's created some bad publicity. He pursuades Sylvia to agree to quit the agency and her professional association with Dol which will essentially for Dol into a far less plush and favorable position.

Michael Connick
Apr 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe series of mysteries and was quite happy to stumble upon this Dol Bonnor book by him. It seemed like the start of new series by this author, but it was the only Dol Bonnor book he wrote, although she does have minor roles in some of the Nero Wolfe mysteries. Perhaps he gave up on the idea. The protagonist is a woman who owns a detective agency - a fairly unusual role for a woman in 1937, when this book was written. Although the book was a little dated, I nevertheless ...more
Sep 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american, mystery
I've never read any other Rex Stout books, not one Nero Wolfe have I perused.
Dol Bonner is the detective of this story and she's great. She was far from being the first female detective in fiction but when this was published in 1937 it was still a fairly outlandish idea. Apprently Dol appeared in a couple of Nero Wolfe books but why Stout didn't persevere with Dol in her own series is a mystery in itself. She's smart, sexy and takes no nonsense from anyone. I could picture Carole Lombard playing
Laura Rye
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful!...Too bad it seems to be the only book he wrote in this series...I would definitely have read the rest of the series. It was nice to have a young female private investigator who still made mistakes but gets the job done when all others are running around like headless chickens. Highly recommend.
Katherine Rowland
In which we meet Dol Bonner, one of the few women that Nero Wolfe respects. Wolfe does not appear in this story; it's fun to see how Stout writes a character who isn't sure of herself. Stout's writing mostly makes up for a slightly-unsavory ending.
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a very quick and intriguing read
Jun 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rex Stout is best known for his iconic Nero Wolfe character, but he also created the female detective Theodolinda "Dol" Bonner, who came to being in the standalone novel "The Hand in the Glove" in 1937, one of the very first female private eyes.

Although Stout only gave Bonner one solo outing, she also guest-starred in some of the Nero Wolfe stories, one of the few women Wolfe tolerated perhaps because she herself claimed to have been "inoculated against" men, even her suitor, the newspaperman Le
A.G. Lindsay
Jan 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
The Hand in The GloveI stumbled upon this book at a used bookstore, and since Dol Bonner had appeared on several occasions, I thought I'd read it.

First of all, the formula Stout had developed with Wolfe, really doesn't work well in this case. The middle seems to drag and the denouement seems too quick.

Given that this is Dol Bonner's first murder case (and a very early case for her detective agency), I can understand all the "buck up, Dol, you can do it" internal dialogue that this book is riddled with, but it becam
Molly Hansen
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I am a huge Rex Stout fan, and this is the first of his books that I had to push myself to complete. Here he gives most of the characters introduced in the Nero Wolfe books a rest (including Nero and Archie), and introduces female detective Dol Bonner. It is a pretty drastic deviation from the seemingly easy style used in the Nero Wolfe books, and came relatively early in his writing career -- i.e., just three years after his first Nero Wolfe novel, Fer-de-Lance.

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Apr 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
Mildly satisfying murder at a Connecticut mansion in 1937. Dol Bonner is sort of a grown up Nancy Drew. Homicide Detective Cramer of the Nero Wolfe series puts in an appearance, and I gather Dol will make a future appearance or two in later Wolfe series entries, but this lacks the sparkle and shine of the Archie/Wolfe banter. Seems more dated; in at least one of Dol's monologues I can clearly hear the voice of a young Katherine Hepburn in one of those earnest 1930s movie roles.

"--I could work wi
Dec 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
Man, I keep reading Rex Stout novels that are not Nero Wolfe stories, hoping that they'll be just as great, and I keep getting disappointed. This is better than the others I've read, I suppose, but still no where nearly as satisfying as a Wolfe. I'd been thinking that the problem is that the main character here - Dol Bonner, a female detective who plays a minor recurring role in the Wolfe novels - doesn't really show the qualities or competence that have garnered her Wolfe's & Goodwin's resp ...more
Wade Grassman
Sep 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I heartily recommend this book, for pure entertainment it is hard to do better than a Rex Stout mystery, I just love his use of language. Rex’s protagonist in this novel is Dol Bonner, one of the earliest examples of a female detective (it should be noted that the protagonist in Red Threads is also a female, thought not a licensed detective as is Dol). In this story Dol is hired to dig up dirt on a man. She is invited by her employer to a party which her target will attend, at the party her empl ...more
Feb 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
This is the one and only novel Rex Stout wrote with a female detective as the main character. Dol Bonner shows up as supporting cast in a few Nero Wolfe stories, but in this one, she's the star.

It's Dol's first murder, and first big case. I think Stout does a fair job of giving us a newly minted detective, and doesn't harp too much on the fact that she's female. It is a good mystery, not something simple - definitely something which would have challenged Archie or Saul, had they been there. The
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Rex Stout, and I think this was a really good book. I had read all of the Nero Wolfe and Tec Fox books before I found this one. First of all, you can't compare it to Nero Wolfe. That's in a league of its own. However, I think he did a great job of creating a unique character and tells it as the first time she ever solved a murder. No, it's not a perfect detecting job, but it is a great read and interesting mystery. I liked it better than the Tec Fox books although the Broken Vase is defin ...more
I've always been intrigued by Dol Bonner, a female private eye who appears now and then in Nero Wolfe stories. I was elated to discover that she has her own story! This wasn't my favorite, mainly because it depicts Dol at the beginning of her career rather than as an established professional. She solves the case, partly by being determined, but is also maddeningly uncertain and doubtful of her own talents.
Nan Silvernail
Theodolinda "Dol" Bonner is just starting her detective agency with her wealthy partner Sylvia Raffray when Sylvia's guardian, P. L. Storrs pulls the plug. But just after Bonner breaks the news to the office, Storrs shows up and hires her! She doesn't know it but she's about to plunge into a case of murder, a twisted mind geared to enjoy destruction and... a watermelon?


(I'll get into my thoughts on this later. I'm still sorting them out.)
Dec 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1920s-1930s
Very good cast of characters, fine writing, and a strange plot (involving watermelons and strangled pheasants)--a whodunit that ends with a surprising, nasty-spectacular revelation. A second-tier Stout book but with the added curiosity of being one of the early--1937--notable detective novels to feature a woman private eye.
Sep 24, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: mystery fans
Rex Stout creates a tough female private eye in Dol Bonner.
Stout has a gift for making dialogue flow smoothly and for keeping the reason for the murder hidden until the end.
Good book for a fall afternoon.
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable murder mystery which kept me guessing.
Rick Meyer
no wonder bonner never came back. she was nothing of a detective. miss marple could do just as good
Jul 07, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-reads
Somebody on amazon accused Dol Bonner of being a crypto-lesbian. I say, bring on the crypto-lesbians.

Jun 13, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ouch. As an avid Nero Wolfe fan, I was excited to find this book. Terrible disappointment.
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Rex Todhunter Stout (December 1, 1886 – October 27, 1975) was an American crime writer, best known as the creator of the larger-than-life fictional detective Nero Wolfe, described by reviewer Will Cuppy as "that Falstaff of detectives." Wolfe's assistant Archie Goodwin recorded the cases of the detective genius from 1934 (Fer-de-Lance) to 1975 (A Family Affair).

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