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03 June, 2019

#BookReview :: The League of Frightened Men (Nero Wolfe #2) by Rex Stout




Paul Chapin's college cronies never forgave themselves for the prank that crippled their friend. Yet with Harvard days behind them, they thought they were forgiven -- until a class reunion ends in a fatal fall. This league of frightened men seeks Nero Wolfe's help. But are Wolfe's brilliance and Archie's tenacity enough to outwit a most cunning killer?



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Nero has been procrastinating when it came to taking up cases and funds are running low. Most importantly, the trusted sidekick, Archie is getting impatient. Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin return in this second instalment where their client is not a single person but a group of men who are nicknamed as ‘The League of Frightened Men’ in the course of the book.

This book was a bit different from the first in the sense that this seems to be a very open and shut case. A class reunion that ended badly sent a group of men running scared for their lives. They had been involved in a prank during their days at Harvard that crippled one of their classmates. It seems that now that person is back for revenge and will not be satisfied with anything less than claiming each of their lives. Pretty simple, eh? Well, read the book to find out.

I loved the fact that the plot was presented in a unique way. The detective was hired not to find the killer but just to find proof of the crimes. Nero takes his time with the case as he gets to know the whole group. It was fascinating to read about each interaction and the mystery buff in me kept nudging, it cannot be that simple, can it? And I am delighted to say that the author had almost had me fooled. Nero played it cool and it was a total pleasure to see the whole plot unfold.

I am in love with the author’s language. There is something to be said for an author who uses very specific words and manages to keep his narrative so crisp that there were times I just re-read a few paragraphs immediately after just for the pleasure of it. 

I absolutely and wholeheartedly recommend this series to mystery lovers.






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