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Fer-de-Lance by Rex Stout
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May 27, 2008

really liked it
Recommended for: mystery fans, people looking for an enjoyable read

Fer-de-Lance is not the strongest of the Stout Wolfe novels, probably because it is the first appearance of the rotund detective and his assistant, Archie Goodwin. It lays the groundwork for all that will follow and that makes it great fun.

The novels are a bit dated in that Archie uses payphones and a typewriter however there is nothing old fashioned about the relationships between the characters. People still lie, cheat and steal. Fifty years after the books were written, murders are still committed and private detectives investigate them.

I recently reread many of the books in the Nero Wolfe series. Stout writes about a dark subject (murder) with a light touch, crafting whodunits that are a joy to read and that make me laugh out loud.

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Quotes Linda Liked

Rex Stout
“[A] pessimist gets nothing but pleasant surprises, an optimist nothing but unpleasant.”
Rex Stout, Fer-de-Lance

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