Monday, July 22, 2013

Book Review: In the Best Families by Rex Stout

I listened to this one recently. I love Nero Wolfe mysteries, and Michael Prichard is the perfect Archie.

In this one, Wolfe and Archie start out investigating where a woman's husband is getting his money only to find themselves tangling with criminal mastermind, Zek.

I don't actually like the idea of Zek. I know Archie & Wolfe are sort of Watson and Holmes redone (only partly, mind), but did they really have to face a criminal mastermind just because Sherlock did? That said, the confrontation turns out to be quite exciting and very much of a page turner, and it lets Archie demonstrate his skills as a detective.

One of the many things I like about the Archie-Wolfe pairing is that they are both smart. Archie may not be a genius like Wolfe, but he has plenty of intelligence. Here, he gets to demonstrate that he is staying with Wolfe because he likes the partnership, not because he has to.

I alternate between listening and reading the Nero Wolfe books. The paperbacks fit comofortably in a hand or backpack. The audios are great for gardening to.

Paperback info:
Author: Rex Stout
Publisher: Viking Press,
Publication date: 1950.
ISBN: 9780553277760

Audio info:
Publisher: Books on Tape,
Pub date: 2007
ISBN: 9781415939895

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