It wasn’t till I finished reading this good book that I realised the point of The Father Hunt is in the title: the hunt. Not the solution, this time. And in that it’s a gem. But I will say that the holes at the end, or incomplete answers, left me feeling a bit cheated. That’s why I gave it 3 instead of 4 stars. On the other hand, I can make up a story to fill in the big why, something I used to enjoy doing way back when I was a young reader.
This edition is supposed to include letters from Rex Stout’s archives, but there seems to be something missing, at least in the eBook version of this edition. The intro to the archive refers to the master’s answer to a letter, but there is no answer, just the letter.