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Fer-de-Lance by Rex Stout
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Jan 01, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery

(Very mild spoilers)

The first Nero Wolfe stories I read were novellas reprinted in Ellery Queen's Mystery magazine early in my mystery-reading life. In one of those Archie even convinced Wolfe to leave his Manhattan brownstone.

I've read Wolfe's adventures off and on ever since and was a fan of the A&E TV series.

Fer-de-Lance, the first book in the series, establishes the familiar conventions and is a fun and fast mixture of mystery puzzles and Wolfe's eccentricities. Wolfe and Archie are drawn into a complicated case at the request of a girl seeking her missing brother.

It's obviously the 1930s in numerous ways in this tale including references to hard times and occasional non-PC dialogue. But it's still a fun and twisty read.

Wolfe's machinations keep things rolling toward the conclusion as he frustrates public officials and metes out justice.

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