My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I'm a huge fan of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin series, so I had high hopes for this book. It was an enjoyable mystery to read, but it lacked the flair of the author's most popular series, although there are hints of it - Rusterman's Bar and lots of suspects.
The relationship between Tecumseh Fox and the police detective, referred to as "the captain", isn't developed much. The cops aren't antagonistic toward the private eye, nor are they seeking his help. That lack of conflict keeps their relationship on an unsatisfying level.
There are many suspects and plenty of twists, but the motives behind their actions aren't always believable and seem complicated for the sake of complication. Still, Stout at mediocre is still better than most.
I'd recommend the book with the reservation that you shouldn't have the Nero Wolfe series in mind while reading it.
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