Nero Wolfe Books

Rex Stout was born in 1886, in Noblesville, Indiana, and grew up in a big household of 9 in Kansas. His father was a teacher, and he encouraged Rex to read. Rex was a gifted child. He read the entire Bible at only four years old and crowned the Kansas spelling bee champion at 13 years of age. Rex went to Topeka High School, Kansas, and the Kansas, University, Lawrence. He served in the U.S. Navy for two years (1906 to 1908) and as a yeoman in President Roosevelt’s presidential yacht).

Order of Nero Wolfe Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Golden remedy 1931 Description / Buy
2 Fer-de-Lance 1934 Description / Buy
3 The League of Frightened Men 1935 Description / Buy
4 The Rubber Band 1936 Description / Buy
5 The Red Box 1937 Description / Buy
6 Too Many Cooks 1938 Description / Buy
7 Some Buried Caesar 1939 Description / Buy
8 Over My Dead Body 1940 Description / Buy
9 Where There's a Will 1940 Description / Buy
10 Black Orchids 1942 Description / Buy
11 Not Quite Dead Enough 1944 Description / Buy
12 The Silent Speaker 1946 Description / Buy
13 Too Many Women 1947 Description / Buy
14 More Deaths Than One 1948 Description / Buy
15 And Be a Villain 1948 Description / Buy
16 Trouble in Triplicate 1949 Description / Buy
17 The Second Confession 1949 Description / Buy
18 Three Doors To Death 1950 Description / Buy
19 In the Best Families 1950 Description / Buy
20 Triple Jeopardy 1951 Description / Buy
21 Triple Jeopardy 1951 Description / Buy
22 Curtains for Three 1951 Description / Buy
23 Murder by the Book 1951 Description / Buy
24 Prisoner's Base 1952 Description / Buy
25 The Golden Spiders 1953 Description / Buy
26 Three Men Out 1954 Description / Buy
27 The Black Mountain 1954 Description / Buy
28 Before Midnight 1955 Description / Buy
29 Three Witnesses 1956 Description / Buy
30 Might as Well Be Dead 1956 Description / Buy
31 Might as Well Be Dead 1956 Description / Buy
32 Three for the Chair 1957 Description / Buy
33 And Four to Go 1958 Description / Buy
34 Champagne for One 1958 Description / Buy
35 Plot it Yourself 1959 Description / Buy
36 Plot it Yourself 1959 Description / Buy
37 Three at Wolfe's Door 1960 Description / Buy
38 Too Many Clients 1960 Description / Buy
39 The Final Deduction (Short Story) 1961 Description / Buy
40 Homicide trinity 1962 Description / Buy
41 Homicide Trinity 1962 Description / Buy
42 Trio for Blunt Instruments 1963 Description / Buy
43 The Mother Hunt 1963 Description / Buy
44 A Right to Die 1964 Description / Buy
45 The Doorbell Rang 1965 Description / Buy
46 Death of a Doxy 1966 Description / Buy
47 The Father Hunt 1968 Description / Buy
48 Death of a Dude 1969 Description / Buy
49 Please Pass the Guilt 1973 Description / Buy
50 Triple Zeck 1974 Description / Buy
51 A Family Affair 1975 Description / Buy
52 Death Times Three 1985 Description / Buy
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Stout wrote his first book Nero Wolfe in 1934 and went on to publish subsequent stories in the detective Nero Wolfe saga until 1975. Detective Nero Wolfe and his aide Archie Goodwin featured in 33 novels between 1934 and 1975. In 1937, he wrote another book, The Hand in the Glove. After 1938, Stout focused solely on the fiction mystery field and exclusively on the Nero Wolfe saga after 1940 through 1975, when he died aged 88.

Nero Wolfe Awards

In 1959, Nero Wolfe won the Grand Master Award from Mystery Writers of America. Later on in the year, 1969, Rex Stout received the Silver Dagger Award for his book The Father Hunt. Finally, in the year 2014, Rex Stout named as one of the New York State Writers Hall of Fame.

Nero Wolfe Books into Movies

The Nero Wolfe Mystery series has been adapted into a television series.

Nero Wolfe Best Books

Fer-de-Lance: Nero Wolfe is a detective who collaborates with his P. A Archie Goodwin. The book is set in New York City. Wolfe’s lives on West 35th Street, in a luxurious brownstone house. The fer-de-lance is one of the most dangerous and dreaded snakes on earth. When someone wraps one as a gift to Nero Wolfe, his assistant, Mr. Goodwin knows he is drawing closer to solve the evil string of murders of a college president and an immigrant. Wolfe plays the snake charmer in the hopes to apprehend the killer filled with hate and poison in his heart. Nero Wolfe is an obese genius who hardly leaves his home; instead, he spends his time-solving murders from fragments of evidence collected by his helpers. On his worst days, he lives in mountains of food prepared by his chef who is an expert gourmet chef. Wolfe also tends to his orchids when he’s not so busy with his sleuthing activities. Wolfe mostly relies on his chief aide, Archie, a wisecracking and witty person who works in perfect harmony with his intellectual boss. The humor in this novel involves the innuendo of an emotionless relationship between Archie and his boss, Detective Nero Wolfe.

The League of Frightened Men: The second installment of Nero Wolfe continues in New York City in 1935. A disabled man, who was injured in a grizzly accident at Harvard, is in trouble. Fifteen men are frightened that the former Harvard classmate, is on a killing leash and plans to take them out, one-by-one. The former classmates have been haunted by the despicable incident every since the victim was crippled in a hazing incident at Harvard. The man now stands accused of taking revenge on the group of men who caused his current physical inabilities. The group has consolidated their association by forming a legitimate group called “League of Atonement” and paid their dues on the emotional and financial damages to the victim over the years.

The author spares no remorse in describing the disabled man in his narrative. He is a suspected psychotic murderer and tainted in all wicked and crude ways imaginable. In this fiction series, the antagonist is desperate for work and accepts a job offer half-heartedly. Two of the L.A members have since died in suspicious situations, and now, a third member has gone missing. The remaining members hurriedly meet at Wolfe’s house to explain their woes and seek Wolfe for his help. He takes the job, on the strict agreement of specific payment if he successfully catches the killer.

While the disabled classmate remains the chief suspect, Wolfe focuses on the other members of the group. He calls the members once more, as he comes up with a plan and explains to them his theory about the deaths and the missing person. He strategically lays out a solid plan to ensure that he is paid. Quite an entertaining story!

What Is The Next Book in The Nero Wolfe Series?

There doesn't seem to be an upcoming book in The Nero Wolfe Series. The newest book is Death Times Three and was released on November, 30th 1985.

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