|Plot Summary of The League of Frightened Men|
Nero Wolfe, a genius private investigator, is approached by a group of men (The League of Atonement) who complain of being persecuted by the writer Paul Chapin. During a hazing incident at Harvard years ago, Chapin was crippled, and the group has been supporting him financially ever since and putting up with his scorn and contempt. But a couple of members of the group have died mysteriously, and Chapin seems to be sending anonymous notes taking responsibility for the murders. Since Wolfe never leaves his home, his right-hand man, the snappy Archie Goodwin, is the first-person narrator and does all the interaction with suspects and sources of information outside Wolfe's office. There is another murder that seems to be connected with one of the League having married a woman with whom Chapin was in love; Chapin weirdly marries her ugly maid so as to be closer to her. The woman's husband is killed and Chapin is the prime suspect. Wolfe, with Archie's legwork, works out what really happened, and assigns all the blame for all the deaths to where it belongs.
This synopsis report prepared by Noah Stewart
This synopsis report prepared by Pam Welsh
|Chapter Analysis of The League of Frightened Men|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 60%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 15%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- very upbeat
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
- chronically deranged person
Kind of investigator
- hard boiled/private eye
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- private investigator
- Super genius
- Cynical or arrogant
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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