The Black Mountain
by Rex Stout
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Generally I am a big fan of Nero Wolfe mysteries, but this one missed the mark for me. Wolfe leaves the house and travels to the hills of Montenegro (the black mountain of the title is what the country is named for) where he and Archie track their killer -- without Felix or Fred Durkin, or Orrie Cather, or Saul Panzer, or Inspector Cramer. The political statements were a bit thick and Archie's habit of assessing the attributes of every woman he meets was just creepy when the women were the daughters of mountain peasants. The entire story is presented as having been reported to Archie after the fact as he doesn't speak the language it happened in which got old fast. The idea of Wolfe as outdoor adventurer was absurd, but the story was too bleak for it to be comical. I think Wolfe should stick to his firmly established habits and Archie to his native habitat.
This book counts toward the Vintage Mystery challenge in the category Colorful Crime: a book with a color or reference to color in the title. It also counts toward the Colorful Reading Challenge.