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Book Note: Rex Stout, And Be A Villain

I read this book about 19-Jun-2002. I've read this book before. The book is copyright 1948. This note was last modified Sunday, 11-Dec-2022 18:15:17 PST.

This is book 13 of the "Nero Wolfe" series.

This note does not contain major spoilers for the book.


This one begins with another rant about high-bracket income taxes, and in fact I do find myself sympathetic.

One thing Stout does well is assemble a collection of quirky individuals and establish a set of relationships among them. Very often in a business context, though sometimes it's a family or whatever. Or both. This one's a business -- a very successful radio show.

This is one of the classic Wolfe books (at least a minor classic), and for that reason I'm being more than usually careful about spoilers (and some people say you only need to wait a month or two after a book is published to drop spoiler warnings!).

Many things are not what they seem, and Wolfe gets a bit ahead of Archie on occasion, and everything is tied together in the end. Even though, as happens far too often in these books, additional people have to die along the way.

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