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PLOT IT YOURSELF by Rex Stout (1950s)
A curious book in that Wolfe is more frustrated than usual and Archie starts out his usual breezy self but gets angrier and more serious as the book goes on. The final scene was quite a surprise to me, and rather strange. If you're interested in the series, try to find this one. (I bought a copy from the Carmel Library store but I don't see it listed in the library's catalog.) -- Added by dabooklover on 01/31/2014

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Takedown Twenty
Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich (Other)
The newest of the Stephanie Plum novels is a little creepier than previous books. Stephanie is as plucky and incompetent and hilarious as ever, though the series is starting to show a bit of wear. -- Added by dabooklover on 01/31/2014

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The Hand in the Glove
The Hand in the Glove by Rex Stout (1930s)
The one book devoted to Theodolinda "Dol" Bonner, Rex Stout's one and only female private eye. It came out in 1935. While it lacks the sparkle of the Nero Wolfe/Archie Goodwin novels, it's interesting as a precursor to the more well-developed characterizations of female P.I.s that came along later through Marcia Muller, Sara Paretski, Sue Grafton, et al. -- Added by dabooklover on 01/31/2014

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David and Goliath
David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell (2000s)
Fascinating look at how someone can be perceived as an underdog, but not be one; how a deficit may not be one -- or may provoke the development of a strength; and how people reinterpret life around them according to what they think it is rather than seeing it more fully to get a truer read. -- Added by dabooklover on 01/17/2014

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Concourse by S.J. Rozen (1990s)
A densely plotted mystery with interesting, sometimes charming, sometimes scary characters. The neighborhood where most of the action takes place is an interesting place to visit but you wouldn't want to live there.... -- Added by dabooklover on 01/11/2014

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