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Reader recommendation: Fer-de-Lance

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Someone at Bantam Books had the great good sense to republish the first two of Rex Stout’s great Nero Wolfe classical mysteries, Fer-De-Lance and The League of Frightened Men. Even the dated descriptions and terminology (“I got into the roadster and drove across town”) are charming, and the stories are as clever as ever. They don’t make eccentric detectives like Nero Wolf anymore!