Book - 1992
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A case of multiple murder sends super sleuth Nero Wolfe and his quick-witted legman Archie Goodwin on a desperate hunt for clues, but they soon discover that they may be getting too close to a killer when someone sends them a fer-de-lance, one of the world's most poisonous snakes, as a deadly "gift."
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, ©1992
Edition: Bantam Crime Line ed
ISBN: 9780553278194
Characteristics: 285 pages ;,18 cm


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Jan 25, 2016

I'm on the hunt for a good replacement after finishing all the Agatha Christie books and was trying this one based on a recommendation.
The style isn't for me though, I'm not a fan of the characters at all and that seems to be important in this type of book.

Vincent T Lombardo Feb 15, 2015

In the Introduction to this edition, Loren D. Estleman writes that popular crime literature is divided between the manorial "English School" of puzzle mysteries and the two-fisted American urban variety, and that Stout weds these two forms. I do not like the English School, and this book leans too heavily in that direction. I also cannot suspend my disbelief enough to believe in an obese armchair detective. I gave up after ten pages.


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