Books: The American Holmes

NERO WOLFE OF WEST THIRTY-FIFTH STREET by William S. Baring-Gould. 203 pages. Viking. $5.50.

KINGS FULL OF ACES: A NERO WOLFE OMNIBUS by Rex Sfouf. 472 pages. Viking. $4.50.

If there is anybody in detective fiction remotely comparable to England's Sherlock Holmes, it is Rex Stout's corpulent genius, Nero Wolfe. Like Holmes, Wolfe is coolly intellectual, fanatically thorough and precise, brilliantly epigrammatic; he is also a crotchety bachelor, gastronome, flower fancier and born actor. There is even a family resemblance between the two, considering Wolfe's physical likeness to Holmes' brother Mycroft.

Wolfe's hints...

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