Fer-de-Lance/The League of Frightened Men

Fer-de-Lance/The League of Frightened Men

by Rex Stout
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Fer-de-Lance/The League of Frightened Men 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
SMassaro More than 1 year ago
Two unforgettable Nero Wolfe's are in this book. Love those early Stout stories, set in an NYC all their own. I believe these were the 2nd and 3rd stories in Stout's Wolfe series. It is a delight to become lost in their rich plots and the fears and quirks of human nature - set within the fundaments of Wolfe's brownstone, its rooms and floors, and the habits of Nero, Archie, Fritz, and Theodore. Good to read if you need a break from modern stresses.
LePhuongThanh More than 1 year ago
I first discovered Nero Wolfe through the A&E series. Ever since I've been hooked. The characters are so vivid and Rex Stout really knows his stuff. Every Mystery reader should read at least on Nero Wolfe novel...and the beauty of the books is that it doesn't matter which one or where you start.
Anonymous 7 days ago
I first read this series when I was in my early teens. Every few years, I reread it from first book to last book. It is akin to catching up with a good friend; it doesn't matter how much time has passed, it feels warm and welcoming. I enjoy this series for many reasons. It's interesting to see a slice of NYC and it's surroundings as they evolved over the years. The mysteries are strong, and always include a plethora of red herrings. These books manage to successfully blend 2 distinct mystery styles: the classic Agatha Christie intellectual "whodunit" and the grittier Erle Stanley Gardner street smart "whodunit". Best of all, though, are the characters. They are brilliant. Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin are, in their own way, as timeless as Holmes and Watson or Poirot and Hastings. And, the supporting cast of characters are as well-composed and appealing as Wolfe and Archie. Make sure and have a dictionary at hand when reading these books. I like to think I am an intelligent person with a better-than-average vocabulary, but, even after having read and reread this series, I still find myself turning to my dictionary when reading these books. Some of these books are better than others. I have my favorites. Interestingly, to me, none of the books are bad. It's just that I think some are good and some are exceptionally good. In my opinion, two other mystery writers achieved that same feat: Dame Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I highly recommend this series. For maximum effect and enjoyment, it should be read in order from first to last.
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