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The Red Box

The Red Box - Rex Stout “Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth.”

It has been a while since Nero Wolfe had a case which made frustrating times for Archie Goodwin. So when a potential client shows up Archie develops a devious plan not only to get Nero Wolfe take the case, but also to lure him outside to the shop where a crime was committed. Readers familiar with the series know that the great detective almost never leaves his home except in case of some major events, like floods, earthquakes, and volcano eruptions. The client changes his mind quickly and tries to stop Wolfe's investigation, but the great detective felt he was committed the moment he went outside.

As usual this Nero Wolfe mystery is less about the mystery (the identity of villain was obvious after the first half of the book, the detectives spent the rest of it trying to collect evidence which was practically non-existent), but more about interactions between characters which are nothing short of brilliant and very funny at times. I also found it interesting that Rex Stout while being a very conservative person politically used the quote I put in the beginning of the review; it is quite famous and comes from this book.

The book deserves firm 4 stars and is highly recommended to the people looking for a mystery with very memorable main characters.

This review is a copy/paste of my BookLikes one: http://gene.booklikes.com/post/995678/nero-wolfe-delivers-as-usual