Sunday, October 18, 2015

10/18/1933 Nero Wolfe begins to appear

October 18, 1933.  This is a sacred day for many mystery fans.  Rex Stout brought his wife and newborn first daughter home from the hospital and began work on a book he hoped would pay the family bills better than the psychological fiction he had been producing for years.

The result was Fer-de-lance,  the first book to feature Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin, two of the greatest characters in mystery fiction.  Over the next forty-one years Stout wrote almost eighty novels and novellas about the fat man and the leg man. 


  1. It's hard to choose, but I think The Doorbell Rang is my favorite.

  2. I am a confirmed Rex Stout / Nero Wolfe fan but I did not know this date. And I even read the biography by John McAleer, although that was years ago. My top favorite in the series is Fer-de-lance, but I have many other favorites.