Robert B. Parker handled the honors for the Nero Wolfe mystery If Death Ever Slept (originally published 1957, reissued 1992):
"It is now commonplace to point out that Rex Stout fused the two great streams of English language detective fiction," Parker wrote in 1991. "In Nero wolfe he creates a Holmesian genius, European born, who solves crimes through the application of superior intellect, in the ratiocination tradition. In Archie Goodwin we have an American wisacre who solves, or helps Wolfe solve, crimes through the application of superior toughness, in the hard-boiled tradition ...Read the whole essay in the 1992 Rex Stout Library edition of If Death Ever Slept. The edition also includes a reprint of an article Stout wrote in 1963 for Life magazine, "Why Nero Wolfe Likes Orchids."
"This would have been a clever contrivance in any case, but it would have been only that if Stout were not a splendid writer. He wrote short and he wrote often, which tended to obscure the fact that he wrote well ... "
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