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Gambit by Rex Stout
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Jan 03, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: 48, fiction, ebook, mysteries

The Nero Wolfe mysteries by Rex Stout are some of my all time favorites, and Gambit is a good one. The story opens with Wolfe trying to get out of an appointment for a job because he is busy burning, page by page, the new, third edition of Webster's New International Dictionary, Unabridged. It is subversive. But since his appointment, Miss Sally Blount, agrees with Wolfe that "infer" and "imply" may not be used interchangeably, he agrees to take her case (she also refers to him as a wizard who can do what no other man can do, helping her cause), which is to prove that her father did not poison a man at his chess club, even though the only thing the man ate was the hot chocolate brought to him by Sally's father. It all looks hopeless, and Wolfe, of course, balks at actually working, but then Inspector Cramer comes by to see why Wolfe has taken on such and open-and-shut case, and lays all the facts out, which Wolfe admits the police are better acquiring than he is. However, there is a mundane fact that sets Wolfe's mental processes going, for which he even thanks Cramer much to Cramer's confusion and annoyance, and then we are all off and running, bringing murderer to justice.

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