A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
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.