"This book might be the longest novel Stout wrote with the Nero/Archie combination. These two together make a formidable man. Although it could have been condensed by 10 percent, I will not fault Stout, for the prose is as smooth as freshly ironed ..."
"This is the book that started it all, the first in the Nero Wolfe/Archie Goodwin team-ups. The characters are not quite so fully formed and the relationship between Nero and Archie is a bit more tentative than it will be in, say, three years. This..."