Rex Stout – Double for Death (1939)


Vintage Golden Age Mystery
Scavenger Hunt Category: Boat
Date Finished: January 13, 2016

It has been a long time since I finished the Nero Wolfe novels, 30 years almost, so perhaps I forgot how good he was. I am somehow reluctant to read other series by authors I like, so it took me a long time to read any of Stout’s non-Wolfe novels, though I did read Alphabet Hicks a year or so ago. That character follows this one and was perhaps Stout’s attempt at a detective even more odd than Fox. Anyway, Tecumseh Fox is an moderately interesting character. He isn’t that well defined yet, but his way of collecting oddballs strikes me as ideal, somewhat in the way Madman did. Too bad there is not more focus on them or character development. Nevertheless, Fox is called upon to investigate a murder of a man’s double, and then of the original. The solution is not that hard to figure out, and perhaps too much time is devoted to romance, but I certainly want to read more of this series, of which, unfortunately, there are only two more. The cover is also misleading. There is a boat, though not a dinghy, but the murders are not located there. The original cover showing a young woman looking through a window at a dead body seated in a chair is more accurate.

Vintage Golden Scavenger 2016-01-13


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