Sunday, June 28, 2015

"The Black Mountain" by Rex Stout (in brief)

I chose this volume out of several available at the second-hand store in Munich because it was the first ever Nero Wolfe book I ever read. What is surprising to me after rereading it, is that I am such a fan of the series. This is nothing like the rest of the oeuvre. It can hardly be considered a case of sleuthing. It is more of a spy adventure, which may explain why the teen-aged me liked it. I also enjoyed Helen MacInnes a lot then too.

While it isn’t much of a mystery, it is fun to see Archie suffer culture shock and helplessness in the countries they visit. A little fun.

Overall it has to be the least engaging Nero Wolfe I’ve read.

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