Monday, December 21, 2009

Paying tribute to NERO WOLFE

Black Orchids/The Silent Speaker: Nero Wolfe MysteriesIn the early 1990s, the Nero Wolfe mysteries were reprinted in new editions under the banner The Rex Stout Library. These books included brand-new introductions written by many of the top names in mystery, detective, suspense, and thriller fiction -- among the luminaries:

Dean Koontz, for Where There's a Will
Robert B. Parker, for If Death Ever Slept
Jonathan Kellerman, for Three Doors to Death
Diane Mott Davidson, for Some Buried Caesar
Robert Crais, for Before Midnight
Walter Mosley, for The Silent Speaker
Lawrence Block, by Black Orchids
John Lutz, for Not Quite Dead Enough
Margaret Maron, for Three at Wolfe's Door
Max Allan Collins, for The Black Mountain
Stuart Kaminsky, for The Doorbell Rang
Sharyn McCrumb, for Three for the Chair
William G. Tapply, for The Second Confession
Loren D. Estleman, for Fer-de-Lance
Patricia Sprinkle, for In the Best Families
Susan Conant, for Three Witnesses
Carolyn Hart, for The Red Box

Bantam is now reprinting these titles in new 2-in-1 editions (see above), which also include the introductions.

Related links:
Detectives: NERO WOLFE and ARCHIE GOODWIN by Rex Stout
2009 Nero Award and Black Orchid Novella Award
Murder on the Menu: 13 Food Mysteries
Christmas Can Be Murder: 10 Seasonal Mystery Titles
Crime Fiction Alphabet: H is for Homicide Trinity

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