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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on March 23, 2021
So-So. Stultified. Stylish. Jacques Barzun said that if Rex Stout had done nothing more than create Archie Goodwin, connoisseurs of American literature would be indebted to him. Although I appreciate the efforts of Robert Goldsborough to continue the series that Stout created, this was the first book in Goldsborough’s series that I found unsatisfactory. One reason is that this offering seems to lack subtlety, especially in its portrayal of Archie. Stout’s “Nero Wolfe” books displayed a talent for “show don’t tell” writing, but “The Last Coincidence” seems jarringly pedantic. We have Lily delivering a lecture to Archie, Archie delivering one to Fritz and Archie sermonizing on a minister’s funeral sermon. I hope Archie and the rest will bounce back in book #5.