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The Rubber Band

The Rubber Band - Rex Stout Nero Wolfe (and by extension Archie Goodwin) is engaged in a boring case of stolen money from a company's executive desk while he is offered another case. This one is looks much more exciting. Its background reminds of a typical Western: Wild West settings, a guy who is about to be hanged, a last-minute rescue, a horse chase and a promise of a big monetary reward which remained unpaid by the time Nero Wolfe heard about it - almost fifty years later. It escalates very quickly from here.

This book features a good mystery in addition to great characters. Speaking about the latter, all of the recurring characters of the series finally show up: these include Inspector Cramer, Sergeant Purley Stebbins, Lieutenant George Rowcliff, and Orrie Cather; the latter was only mentioned in the previous books. These guys make a fine addition to the colorful cast.

Nero Wolfe has to hide his clients from time to time to save them from their enemies and from their untimely meeting with the police (he likes to arrange his own timing for such meetings). This book features one of the best ways in to hide a person right under the noses of a police squad doing a methodical search of Wolfe's house for the person in question.

Great characters and a very good mystery which kept me guessing until the end give this book well-deserved 4.5 stars.

This review is a copy/paste of my BookLikes one: http://gene.booklikes.com/post/901207/in-this-mystery-nero-wolfe-delivers-as-usual