Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Don Coldsmith on Nero Wolfe: DEATH OF A DUDE

When the Nero Wolfe mysteries were reprinted in the 1990s as The Rex Stout Library, they included brand-new introductions from modern mystery and suspense authors -- including Carolyn G. Hart, Robert B. Parker, Jonathan Kellerman, Diane Mott Davidson, Loren D. Estleman, Susan Conant, and Dean Koontz.

Nero Wolfe's 1969 mystery Death of a Dude was repackaged in 1995 with a new introduction by western author Don Coldsmith (1926-2009):
"I used to feel sorry for Archie because he's frequently criticized and put down by his employer. But he's not really a second-class character. He's doing what he wants to do. He's not a yes-man. He argues, resents his employer sometimes, but basically loves his job. And after all, he gets to tell the story, like Sherlock Holmes's Dr. Watson. Archie is possibly a stronger character than Watson, though, in my humble opinion."
Buy Death of a Dude online:

Related links:
Complete NERO WOLFE and ARCHIE GOODWIN by Rex Stout
Death of a Dude (Wolfe Pack -- Official Site of the Nero Wolfe Society)
Book Review: Please Death of a Dude (The Great Detectives of Old Time Radio)
Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin (Thrilling Detective)
Nero Wolfe: Death of a Dude (
Section 1. Death of a Dude: Rex Stout's Writing Log, Character Outline (Wolfe Pack Scrapbook)
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