I read this book about 14-Jul-2015. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 1939. This note was last modified Sunday, 19-Jul-2015 21:06:53 PDT.
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Not a Nero Wolfe book. In fact it takes place out in Cody, Wyoming, and has no overlap in characters with the Nero Wolfe universe (unlike Death of a Dude (#2) which has Archie and even Nero out at Lily Rowan's ranch).
Except for a few bits of city complexity carrying over to the "Wild West" (a police sergeant in Cody Wyoming?) that clunk a little, it feels to me less forced and less inauthentic than Death of a Dude.
The plot has twists and turns, and depends on history among the characters, and isn't based around a genius who doesn't tell us what he's thinking, so it's a very different experience. It doesn't offer Archie's voice or the Wolfe-Archie dynamic, of course.