Friday, January 15, 2016

1/15/1965 A big fish comes to the brownstone

January 15, 1965.  On this day Nero Wolfe wrapped up one of his greatest and most controversial cases, in The Doorbell Rang.  Fans of Rex Stout knows that the book ends with a certain "big fish" coming for a visit.

The book, in which the fat private eye battles the FBI, made Stout more popular than ever, but not with everyone.  John Wayne read it and sent him a note: "Goodbye."


  1. I like that John Wayne anecdote. Never heard that one before.

  2. One of my favorite Stout/Wolfe books...great ending :-) My opinion of J. Edgar was formed when as freshmen in HS my friend and I tried to obtain applications for the FBI, he signed a letter we received suggesting we apply to be secretaries!