Thursday, July 28, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
“... Archie is, unless our guess is wide of the mark, the person whom readers of the Nero Wolfe stories take to their hearts. If Nero is the brains of the concern, Archie is its arms and hands and legs.”
Posted by Tony Renner at 7:06 AM
Saturday, July 23, 2011
“The longest of the lot is a full-length novel, “Red Threads,” by Rex Stout. Neither Nero Wolfe nor Tecumseh Fox appears in it, and neither will be missed.”
“You will like and respect Inspector Cramer, and you will be glad he is not on your trail if you have run afoul of the law.”
Posted by Tony Renner at 12:14 AM
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
from "After Orchids With Pluck and Luck," by Edward Frank Allen, New York Times, August 27, 1939.
“Orchids may resent the characterization given them by Rex Stout in the introduction to this book about the adventures of two young men from Nutley, N.J. “An orchid,” says the creator of Nero Wolfe, the corpulent detective who got that way drinking beer, “is not a flower as a gladiolus or a poppy is a flower; it is a signal for seduction, a beckoning of the exotic, a banner of sophisticated romance.”
Posted by Tony Renner at 9:39 AM
Monday, July 18, 2011
“There is no Nero Wolfe in this story, and perhaps it is just as well, for the scene is laid in Wyoming, and Nero would not be happy there, so far from his beloved orchids.”
Posted by Tony Renner at 12:13 AM
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
"Only twice since Rex Stout began to record his adventures in detection has Nero Wolfe left his home for an extended stay."
Comment: Of course, "Some Buried Caesar" is only the sixth book in the series, so at this point Wolfe has left home in 34% of his cases.
Posted by Tony Renner at 9:51 AM
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
"Since the publication of Rex Stout's latest Nero Wolfe mystery, 'Too Many Cooks' (Farrar & Rinehart), the author has received many requests from housewives for recipes. One woman asked him how to cook a kid. Mr. Stout had to look it up, but he did so and sent her the results of his research adding: 'I am, however, better at kidding cooks than I am at cooking kids.'"
Posted by Tony Renner at 9:00 AM
Monday, July 11, 2011
"You will read of rich and rare vivands such as the common man seldom or never sets tooth into, and particularly of Saucisse Minuit, for the recipe of which Nero Wolfe would gladly swap his right arm."
Posted by Tony Renner at 12:03 PM