Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Gambit by Rex Stout

book cover
by Rex Stout

ISBN: 5530877512
Paperback: 155 pages
Publisher: Bantam Books
Released: 1962; August 1973

Source: Borrowed from the library.

Book Description from Goodreads:
Jerin was a mental freak—one of those eerily brilliant geniuses who could play a dozen games of chess at once and win every one of them. Blount was a millionaire fanatic with a fiendishly ingenious plan for beating Jerin at his favorite pastime. It was up to Nero Wolfe and Archie to prove that Blount’s plan hadn’t included murder

My Review:
Gambit is a mystery set in 1962 in New York. This is a clue-based puzzle mystery, and Archie actually puts the puzzle together before Wolfe. I figured whodunit and how out at the same time as Archie (and he doesn't reveal the name until he and Wolfe discuss the latest clue). Then it's up to Wolfe to devise a clever trap as there's no way to legally prove whodunit. As always, Archie's humorous view of events is fun to read.

There was no sex. These was a fair amount of bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this fun mystery.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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