The Man Who Knew Too Much **by GK Chesterton“The Man Who Knew Too Much” is a very odd book for Chesterton in that it is not very good. Of course it is well written; I think it was impossible for him to have written badly, but the stories themselves lack the cleverness and charm that make Fr. Brown and his other works of fiction so engaging. “The Man Who Knew Too Much” is a collection of detective stories featuring Horne Fisher. Fisher, the man for whom the book is named, is a member of the nobility, very intelligent, and well connected. When confronted with a crime, Fisher, like Fr. Brown, is able to quickly assess the situation, analyze the evidence, and deduce the identity of the culprit. Unlike Fr. Brown, Fisher is thoroughly uninteresting. He slouches through the stories, solving crimes almost as an afterthought, but never in such a way that the criminals can be brought to justice. He stands, in my opinion, as one of the weakest characters that Chesterton invented. Further, the writing lacks the ingenious twists of phrase, the rapier wit, and keen insights into human nature which the seasoned Chesterton reader is always expecting."The Man Who Knew Too Much" is not a bad book, but it is not Chesterton’s best. The diehard fan may enjoy it, but the newcomer will miss a lot of what makes the rest of his books so worthwhile.