In the Best Families by Rex Stout

Rex Stout is the author of more than 70 novels, most famous of which feature his classic detective, Nero Wolfe.

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In the Best Families by Rex Stout


Features

  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.98 x 6.91 x 4.18
  • Publisher: Bantam ; Reissue edition (February 1995)
  • ISBN: 0553277766


    Reader Reviews
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful: The Final Problem, September 5, 2003 Reviewer: A reader from Austin, TX United States It's quite hard to write convincingly about a genius. Rex Stout did it better than anyone, including Agatha Christie or Conan Doyle. The Sherlock Holmes tales too often rely on microscopic examinations or encyclopedic knowledge rather than interesting logical deductions. Poirot and Marple appear too seldom in their books, and their analyses are frustratingly delayed until the very end. Nero Wolfe's genius is on display throughout his stories, and this book is no exception. Just compare the similar Sherlock Holmes story, "The Final Problem", where Holmes destroys Moriarty's criminal enterprise. No details are given - just vague quips: "I have woven my net round him", "at last he made a trip", and "if a detailed account of that silent contest could be written it would take its place as the most brilliant bit of thrust-and-parry work in the history of detection". Yes, too bad Conan Doyle never actually wrote such an account! The reason is simple: It was beyond him. Rex Stout was up to the challenge. This novel, with the main part of the story consisting of Wolfe's defeat of Arnold Zeck, describes the affair in detail. The final confrontation is both masterful and believable. The action elements of this novel may disturb those used to the standard formula, but it's a welcome break, and a treat to read.

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