Gambit[Epub] ➚ Gambit By Rex Stout – Miss Sarah Blount, better known as Sally, has come to Wolfe to plead for his help with her father's case Matthew Blount is charged with poisoning a man to death at the Gambit Club, and all evidence po Miss Sarah Blount, better known as Sally, has come to Wolfe to plead for his help with her father's case Matthew Blount is charged with poisoning a man to death at the Gambit Club, and all evidence points to his guilt Sally knows that her father is innocent, but doesn't trust his lawyer, who seems too interested in her mother Despite the lack of cooperation by Matthew Blount or the lawyer, Wolfe takes the case, trumping the police with a list of four suspects But when one of those suspects turns up dead, Wolfe is forced to retrench, so unnerved that he forgoes a fabulous lunch and ignores his treasured orchids Sally's increasing interest in Wolfe is only one of many trials he faces in this witty, cleverly plotted tale Rex Stout's literary creation, Nero Wolfe, is one of the greatest fictional detectives of all time And, as always, Archie's assistance as the perennial wise guy and legman complements Wolfe's devotion to orchids, gourmet meals, and his specially constructed brown leather chair Together, Archie and Wolfe make an entertaining odd couple.

Rex Todhunter Stout – was an American crime writer, best known as the creator of the larger than life fictional detective Nero Wolfe, described by reviewer Will Cuppy as that Falstaff of detectives Wolfe's assistant Archie Goodwin recorded the cases of the detective genius from Fer de Lance to A Family AffairThe Nero Wolfe corpus was nominated Best Mystery Series of t.

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  • Rex Stout
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  • 21 July 2019
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10 thoughts on “Gambit

  1. says:

    Chess master Paul Jerin is fatally poisoned during a blindfold match at the Gambit Chess Club, and Matthew Blount, the club member who brought him the pot of hot chocolate, is arrested and charged with murder. His daughter hires Wolfe to clear her father, and soon we are absorbed in one is Wolfe's best mysteries.

    Fans of the series take note: this is the novel that opens with the not-to-be-missed scene of Wolfe burning Webster's Third International Dictionary a page at a time. (Two reasons--among many--for Wolfe's rage: W3I includes contact as a verb and lists imply as one of the meanings of infer.)

  2. says:

    Review updated on 4/13/2015.

    The book is not about this Gambit:
    It is about this type of gambit:
    Just for fun do an image search for the term and see which one would come up first (hint: the X-Men character).

    A murder happened right in the plain view of a lot of people: a chess master is killed in the middle of his simultaneous play with twelve members of an exclusive club. A man is arrested, he is the only person who was able to commit the crime - it was physically impossible for everybody else. Everything is against him, but his daughter is convinced in her father's innocence and she hires the only person who might be able to help him: Nero Wolfe (and Archie Goodwin, obviously).

    Usually a typical Nero Wolfe novel (or a short story) is not so much about the mystery, but much more about character interactions and Archie Goodwin's witticism, and this is what makes the series really shine. This book is all that, but it also happen to be a good mystery novel which will puzzle you as much as it did Nero Wolfe and his nemesis and friend Inspector Cramer and which is worthy the best of the undisputed Queen of Mystery Agatha Christie. When the identity of the villain is finally revealed, it turns out there is no proof of the murderer's guilt which leads to highly unconventional tactics from the great detective and his sidekick/bodyguard/secretary.

    As usual expect to be entertained and a lot of chuckles while reading the book. One more item of note this is probably the first time Archie Goodwin solved the mystery before his genius boss. To be fair, he obtained one vital piece of info which Wolfe did not possess until the latter made his report.

  3. says:

    Another great Stout! How shall I review this book? It's a murder mystery. I could give you the particulars: a young woman comes to Nero Wolfe and wants to pay him $20,000 to exonerate her father who she believes has been falsely accused of murder. Nero is too busy tearing pages out of a dictionary he finds deplorable.

    Also, after hearing the situation, he concludes that it is hopeless. It will be impossible to prove her father's innocence.

    As you may guess, he does decide to take on the case and we are treated to several pages of Archie's hilarious narration of events. It's what makes Stout's stories so worth reading.

  4. says:

    I took a quick break from a disturbing read about the Holocaust to visit an old friend, Nero Wolfe. Those of you who know me realize that I am a total fanatic for this series written by Rex Stout (I have not read the new books by Robert Goldsborough) and this one does not disappoint. As are most of the Wolfe books, the story is short and full of surprises. In this number #37 of the series, a man who is a chess master dies mysteriously by arsenic poisoning at an exclusive chess club where he is playing against six other participants. The culprit seems to be identified almost immediately but, as usual, Wolfe is not convinced and uncovers some shady dealings to prove the man innocent. Another winner from Stout whose eccentric detective, Nero Wolfe and his able assistant Archie Goodwin who narrates the tale, have become icons in the field of crime novels.

  5. says:

    I'm giving this one four stars because I solved the mystery at the same moment Archie does. That made me feel really clever so my rating may be inflated by my ego, but since it's a Nero Wolfe story I suppose that is not only acceptable but possibly encouraged. Satisfactory even.

    A young man is killed during a chess tournament and it quickly becomes clear that while there were some potential motives only a small group had the opportunity. Furthermore, the person with the best motive and opportunity has been arrested on a charge of murder. His daughter, convinced of his innocence, hires Nero to find the real killer and free her father.

    This story also involves a great array of other characters delightful in their differences and their inclusion provides a splash of color to the otherwise expected elements of a Nero Wolfe story. The mystery is well constructed, and full of twists and turns. The reader is exposed to every clue at the same time Archie is and if you spot them you can enjoy the feeling of wonder and success as you identify the killer yourself. Of course, proving it is another matter entirely and is left to Nero to arrange the ending.

  6. says:

    I've never read this volume of the Nero Wolfe series or even got to see a film or TV adaptation of it, though there is at least one out there. I certainly am glad I finally got to it, particularly given my disappointment with the last few Stouts I listened to of late. Wolfe, Archie and even Fritz are on top form, even though shards of Wolfe's hardest and fastest house-rules fly every which way in less than a week. Poor Kramer never knew what hit him until long after it had.

    A New York upper-crust chess club sets up a challenge in which a man plays several opponents simultaneously in a blind game--meaning he is told their moves as he sits in another room. He never sees the boards, but sends messengers to make his moves for him. He drinks hot chocolate mid-game and dies of poisoning, shouting accusations of one man.

    I was horribly afraid it would be a repeat experience of reading Cards on the Table--an entire murder mystery centred around a game I no longer play and had not much interest in the finer points of (though to be honest, I never did learn to play bridge.) Fortunately it was much more interesting and entertaining than that was. There are a few variations, not just from Wolfe's rules but from the canon as we know it. For example, many books tell us that when Wolfe starts working his lips, you can shout or throw furniture and he'll remain oblivious because his brain is engaged. Here we are told that his lip exercises mustn't be interrupted, because he will be angry. Archie has quit his job several times, but this is the first time in my experience that Wolfe fires him.

    An excellent, engaging and entertaining read in the best Stout tradition. I'm relieved. I was afraid I had somehow managed to outgrow Wolfe and Co--and that really would not do.

  7. says:

    COUNTDOWN: Mid-20th Century North American Crime
    BOOK 164 (of 250)
    Hook= 4 stars: I know a 'gambit' could refer to a chess move in which a players gives up a piece, intentionally, to advance his/her game, and was immediately curious as to how that would be used in a Stout mystery. So I pulled the book off the library shelf. Yes, there will be chess, many chess games, or just one big game?
    Pace=3: Solid.
    Plot= 3: 12 men play chess against a single player in a 2nd room. There are 4 messengers who relay the plays back and forth. Within a few moves, the single chess player dies from poison. And you'll have so many questions to think about...
    People=3: Nero is his own person, original and fascinating. Archie Godwin, his second hand man, does all the legwork. But we learn little about anyone else.
    Place= 2: No matter how hard I tried, I could not visualize the order in which the 12 players sat, nor the room in which they played, nor the room in which the single player played, nor how the messengers moved about. But that's part of the mystery.
    Summary: My overall rating is 3.0. I like the originality of the set, and Nero is, as usual, fascinating in the way he thinks. But for me this work by Stout is just average.

  8. says:

    [...] at twenty minutes to ten, I stood in the alcove at the end of the hall next to the kitchen, observing through the hole in the wall, the cast that had been assembled for what I consider one of the best charades Wolfe has ever staged.

    Well, I dare to disagree. This is my 10th book in the venerable Nero Wolfe series that I am reviewing on Goodreads and to me the most unremarkable one even if it marginally deals with chess, a topic that interests me quite a lot. I read the novel several weeks ago, did not have time to write the review, and now when I finally found a free hour I am unable to remember even the basic outline of the plot and have to skim the book again.

    A president of a big corporation is in jail, charged with murder. Miss Blount, his 22-year-old daughter, hires Nero Wolfe to prove her father's innocence. The murder happened in a chess club when a chess prodigy who was playing twelve simultaneous blindfold games was poisoned having drunk hot chocolate. Miss Blount's father was apparently the only player who had an opportunity to administer the poison. The reader learns that Miss Blount offers $22,000 up front to entice Mr. Wolfe. Neat amount: twenty-two thousand dollars in 1962, when the book was published, would be worth about $180,000 in today's money!

    Naturally, the events in the plot begin resembling a game of chess. The reader learns what a gambit is:

    It's an opening in which a player gives up a pawn or a piece to gain an advantage.
    We have some reasonably relevant chess quotes and even Robert Fischer, the future (1972) world chess champion, is mentioned. I would have particular reasons to get interested in the novel as it was precisely in 1962 that I got seriously interested in chess and joined a chess club in Warsaw, Poland. In fact, the very next year I had an opportunity to meet the very same Robert Fischer, when he played few games in Warsaw.

    Alas, the plot is quite predictable and the reader will likely lose interest quickly, as I did. As in all Nero Wolfe novels the writing has the specific old-style charm and of course Archie Goodwin is the most remarkable and unforgettable character, as opposed to the cliché of Mr. Wolfe. There are several neat pearl of wisdom scattered in the text, of which I will quote one:
    Nothing is impossible in the relations between men and women.
    To sum up, I am unable to recommend the novel as it barely clears the two-star level. Even so, I will continue reading the series, in search of an installment as great as the magnificent Murder By the Book.

    Two stars.

  9. says:

    As implied by the title (and if you’ve read the book, you’ll get the emphasis on implied), this Wolfe & Archie story revolves around a chess game. A young man named Paul Jerin was a kind of trickster - in Archie’s words:

    He was a screwball. He had three sources of income: from writing verses and gags for greeting cards, from doing magic stunts at parties, and from shooting craps. Also he was hot at chess, but he only played chess for fun. . .

    Jerin met a young woman, Sally Blount, at a party and eventually became acquainted with her family. Sally’s father was a chess enthusiast and belonged to an exclusive chess club called the Gambit Club. Mr. Blount arranges for Jerin to come to the club and play simultaneous matches with 12 club members. During the games, Jerin becomes ill; a doctor at the club is called to treat him; nevertheless Jerin gets worse and is taken to the hospital by ambulance; within a few hours, Jerin is dead. A subsequent autopsy reveals he died of arsenic poisoning.

    Mr. Blount is arrested for the murder and his long-time friend, Dan Kalmus, is his attorney. Sally doesn’t trust Kalmus and consults Nero Wolfe, offering him $22,000 (because she is 22 years old), to prove her father’s innocence. Sally is quite a well-developed character and Archie does NOT fall in love with her.

    The mystery and its resolution is quite clever in this one, but as always, the real attraction is the narration by Archie and the byplay between him and Wolfe. I loved the opening scene: Wolfe ripping pages from the 3rd Edition of Webster’s New International’s Dictionary because he “found it subversive and intolerably offensive.” What, specifically, so offended Wolfe? Among other crimes against the English language, the dictionary stated “imply” and “infer” could be used interchangeably. (I agree that’s egregious, but I’m not sure it merits immolation.)

    4+ stars.

  10. says:

    At the Gambit Club, a private chess club, a young man who is something of a ne'er do well as well as a chess whiz has taken on a challenge of blind chess with six opponents. But during the challenge, he becomes sick and is taken to a hospital where he dies of arsenic poisoning. The man who set up the challenge, Matthew Blount has been arrested. Blount's daughter comes to Nero Wolfe and wants him to investigate because she did not believe her father killed the man. Her father and his attorney do not want her to hire Wolfe, but she manages to talk Wolfe into it. Detective Cramer comes to talk to Wolfe wanting to know who hired him and what he has found out. While Wolfe is talking to Cramer, Cramer unknowingly gives him an idea about the crime. So he sets to work, at first blindly to Archie's dissatisfaction, then with more purpose. Then someone kills Blount's attorney, whom his daughter suspected. Supposedly her father and his lawyer had a secret only they knew that would prove his innocence, but they weren't telling.....
    The plot is a little more complicated and the solution a little more involved than some of the others and Wolfe breaks a couple of his rules, but not by much....

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