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    November 12, 2012


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    Margot Kinberg

    Les - Interesting concept for a story; it really is. I'm generally quite a purist when it comes to this sort of thing. But I did read another Goldsborough once and although it wasn't Stout, obviously, it wasn't bad. And it does make one curious how exactly this 'dynamic duo' met. I may try this.


    I'm glad you liked this one, Les. I very much enjoyed it, especially since I read several of the books that reference the events of this one right before reading this one. (I noticed that the Arnold Zeck trilogy contains quite a bit of these references.)

    Les Blatt

    Patrick, that's one of the enjoyable things about this - the fact that the events covered in Goldsborough's book are based on references in Rex Stout's original books. For my visitors who may not have seen it, Patrick has a very good (and much more in depth) review on his blog, at which is highly recommended.

    Les Blatt

    Margot, I'm also a purist - but I thought Goldsborough handled the problem very astutely by doing this as a prequel, when minor character inconsistencies/speech patterns/actions could be accepted as the inevitable rough edges on newly-introduced characters.


    Oh thank you, thank you, thank you, Les for bringing this to my attention. I had no idea that Robert Goldsborough was still writing Wolfe books. I'd read a couple from the beginning and wasn't crazy about them.

    But as you say, this is a prequel and that makes the 'rough spots' okay. I've always wondered how Archie and Wolfe first got together - I wish Stout had given us more details.

    I must get my hands on this book asap!

    Les Blatt

    Yvette, I really think that doing it as a prequel makes a huge difference - the rough spots don't jar as much as they might otherwise do.

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