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The Silent Speaker by Rex Stout
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it was amazing
bookshelves: mystery, reread

This is one of my favorite Rex Stouts and a reasonably good place to start with the series -- one of the best of the first 15 books, and it features most of the canon's main and supporting characters. Best of all, the relationships in this book are great. This series' charm and lasting appeal comes from the characters and the relationships between them, and this book has great interactions between Archie and Wolfe, Wolfe and Cramer, Wolfe and his client, and Archie and pretty much the whole group of suspects and one-book characters.

Added bonus: the mystery is built upon the dictaphone. I remember reading this book for the first time as a teenager and being utterly bewildered by the cylinders and the weird machine they need to read them (which weighs a mere 60 pounds! Practically portable). So, on top of a fun read, this book comes with a bonus history of technology lesson.

Overall, this is truly a stand-out Wolfe novel, well worth reading for those new to the series.
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Started Reading
February 3, 2017 – Shelved
February 3, 2017 – Shelved as: mystery
February 3, 2017 – Shelved as: reread
February 3, 2017 – Finished Reading

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