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Wolfe manages to tie together the deaths of a college president and an Italian immigrant and performs one of his prodigious feats of questioning, one that is mentioned in many of the books in the series. There's a lot of snakes in Fer-de-Lance, including the fer-de-lance that gets delivered to Wolfe's door. This is the first Stout book, and so it's a little uneven in places, but still well worth reading for mystery fans.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Somewhat obvious Time/era of story:    -   1930's-1950's What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   80% Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   20's-30's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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