Monday, May 16, 2011

Gambit, by Rex Stout


A solid enough Nero Wolfe story. Nothing too earth-shattering here, but then again, with these books it's all about the journey, not the destination. The usual Stoutian tropes--a damsel in distress, a wrongly imprisoned man, a suspect cleared by his own inconvenient (and violent) demise . . . plus a smattering of delicious bon mots, the best of which is Wolfe burning a dictionary because it claims "infer" and "imply" can be used interchangeably. Not the best entry in the series, but not a bad way to kill an hour or two.

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