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
|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|
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.