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