“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.”
-Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.”
-Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes
“The girl gave him a look which ought to have stuck at least four inches out of his back.”
-Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye
“The problem with putting two and two together is that sometimes you get four, and sometimes you get twenty-two.”
-Dashiell Hammett, The Thin Man
“We didn't exactly believe your story, Miss O'Shaughnessy, we believed your 200 dollars. I mean, you paid us more than if you had been telling us the truth, and enough more to make it alright.”
-Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon
“I spent most of my dough on booze, broads and boats… and the rest I wasted.”
-Elmore Leonard, LaBrava
“There were not so many physical threats that could not be countered with a decent hammer.”
-Stieg Larsson, The Girl Who Played With Fire
“The dead have never bothered me. It's the living that I fear.”
-Patricia Cornwell, Postmortem
“The hard thing about death is that nothing ever changes. The hard thing about life is that nothing stays the same.”
-Sue Grafton, J is for Judgment
“There is nothing you can do about the past except keep it there.”
-Michael Connelly, The Brass Verdict
“There is no client as scary as an innocent man.”
-Michael Connelly, The Lincoln Lawyer
“Woe to he who checkmates his opponents at last, only to discover they have been playing cribbage.”
-Jedediah Berry, The Manual of Detection
“The joke was thinking you were ever really in charge of your life. You pressed your oar down into the water to direct the canoe, but it was the current that shot you through the rapids."
-Scott Turow, Innocent
“They found out about him in July and stayed angry all through August. They tried to kill him in September."
-Lee Child, Without Fail
“Put all your eggs in one basket... the handle's going to break. Then all you've got is scrambled eggs.”
-J.D. Robb, Remember When
“It doesn't have to make sense; it just has to sound like it does.”
-Elmore Leonard, Freaky Deaky
“He was too old to be working, too young to be dead, and too broke to do anything else.”
-Chris Culver, Just Run
“Love, when you get fear in it, it's not love any more. It's hate.”
-James M. Cain, The Postman Always Rings Twice
“Our words are giants when they do us an injury, and dwarfs when they do us a service.”
-Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White
“It takes far less courage to cling to the past than it does to face the future.”
-Sandra Brown, Envy
“Touch comes before sight, before speech. It is the first language and the last, and it always tells the truth.”
-Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin
“If you place your head in a lion's mouth, then you cannot complain one day if he happens to bite it off.”
-Agatha Christie
“I have great faith in fools … my friends call it self-confidence.”
-Edgar Allan Poe

Nero Wolfe Mysteries

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More Deaths Than One
Rex Stout

Someone gets killed on-air during a radio show. Wolfe is broke and he sees an opportunity to...

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The Cop Killer
Rex Stout
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Fer-de-Lance
Rex Stout

As any herpetologist will tell you, the fer-de-lance is among the most dreaded snakes known to...

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The League of Frightened Men
Rex Stout

A group of Harvard alumni asks for Wolfe's help when one of their former classmates-Paul...

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The Rubber Band
Rex Stout

In all his years of detecting, the unflappable Nero Wolfe has never encountered an investigati...

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The Red Box
Rex Stout

A lovely woman is dead, and the fortunes of overextended theatrical producer Llewellyn Frost...

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Too Many Cooks
Rex Stout

The guest at a gathering of the greatest chefs in the world, Nero Wolfe must practice his own...

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Some Buried Caesar
Rex Stout

A prize bull, a restaurateur's tacky publicity stunt, a family feud (among the bull's owners),...

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Over My Dead Body
Rex Stout

When a Balkan beauty gets in trouble over some missing diamonds, whom else can she turn to but...

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Where There's a Will
Rex Stout

Why did the late multimillionaire Noel Hawthorne leave a peach, a pear and an apple to his...

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Black Orchids
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Not much can get Wolfe to leave his comfortable brownstone, but the showing of a rare black...

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Not Quite Dead Enough
Rex Stout

The army wants Nero Wolfe urgently, but he refuses their clarion call to duty. It takes Archie...

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The Silent Speaker
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When a powerful government official scheduled to speak to a group of millionaires turns up...

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Too Many Women
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Private eye, Nero Wolfe, has been hired by the president of a corporation to determine whether...

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And Be a Villain
Rex Stout

Radio talk show host Madeline Fraser's worst nightmare comes true when one of her on-air...

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The Second Confession
Rex Stout

A fanatic millionaire, a lawless politician, and a gangland boss all wanted Nero Wolfe to do...

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Trouble in Triplicate
Rex Stout

Nero Wolfe investigates the murders of Dazy Perrit, an underworld kingpin, Ben Jensen, a well...

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In the Best Families
Rex Stout

The aging millionairess has a problem: where is her young playboy husband getting all his...

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Three Doors to Death
Rex Stout

Three cases bring perplexing challenges to Nero Wolfe, as a man unsuccessfully attempts...

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Curtains for Three
Rex Stout

Three clever murderers challenge Nero Wolfe in cases involving lovers who want to make sure...

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Murder by the Book
Rex Stout

When everyone who has read Leonard Dykes's unpublished manuscript--including the author...

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Triple Jeopardy
Rex Stout

Nero Wolfe applies his detection skills to crack the case of a poisoned health nut, the death...

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Prisoner's Base
Rex Stout

Hours after Priscilla Eads pleads with him to take her case, Nero Wolfe is shocked to find out...

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The Golden Spiders
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Trying to determine why his last two clients were ruthlessly murdered, Nero Wolfe wonders if...

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Three Men Out
Rex Stout

Nero Wolfe and sidekick Archie Goodwin attempt to solve three puzzling cases of murder: in one...

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The Black Mountain
Rex Stout

Enraged by the cold-blooded killing of his closest friend, Nero Wolfe leaves not only his home...

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Before Midnight
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When a contestant is killed during the final round of the Pour Amour perfume contest, Nero...

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Three Witnesses
Rex Stout

In three cases--a millionaire who writes his own death warrant, a dog who becomes a killer's...

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Might As Well Be Dead
Rex Stout

Eleven years after his own thoughtlessness sent his only son, Paul, away from home, Nebraska...

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If Death Ever Slept
Rex Stout

With Nero Wolfe on the job, you'd think murderers would take caution. But even the master...

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Three for the Chair
Rex Stout

A vast fortune in uranium, international diplomacy and intrigue, and a female detective become...

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Champagne for One
Rex Stout

Unwilling to accept a suicide ruling after witnessing the death of the admittedly morbid Faith...

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And Four to Go
Rex Stout

Nero Wolfe must track down a killer who murders his victims only during holidays and who, so...

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Plot It Yourself
Rex Stout

Nero Wolfe and his sidekick, Archie Goodwin, are called in by a consortium of publishers and...

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Too Many Clients
Rex Stout

A bidding war for his services interrupts Nero Wolfe's attempts to solve the case of the...

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Three at Wolfe's Door
Rex Stout

Death comes a-calling not once but three times in this murderous collection of cases from the...

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The Final Deduction
Rex Stout

When the seemingly safe return of an abducted millionaire ends in his murder in his own home,...

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Gambit
Rex Stout

A private club is the setting for murder when Paul Jerim, playing chess with twelve opponents,...

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Homicide Trinity
Rex Stout

Nero Wolfe attempts to find the killer who murdered his victim with Wolfe's own necktie, and...

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The Mother Hunt
Rex Stout

A beautiful socialite widow comes to Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin to ask them to investigate...

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A Right to Die
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When a bright young heiress with a flair for romance and one too many enemies is found brutall...

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Trio for Blunt Instruments
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If Nero Wolfe and his sidekick, Archie, would ever admit to an Achilles' heel-which they...

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The Doorbell Rang
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Hired to help society widow Rachel Bruner foil bothersome Feds, Nero Wolfe and his able...

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Death of a Doxy
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When an old acquaintance and fellow P.I. is accused of murdering a kept woman, Nero Wolfe...

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The Father Hunt
Rex Stout

Hired to locate Amy Denovo's long-lost father, Nero Wolfe and his assistant, Archie Goodwin,...

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Death of a Dude
Rex Stout

Sedentary sleuth Nero Wolfe and his sidekick, Archie Goodwin, leave West Thirty-fifth Street...

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Please Pass The Guilt
Rex Stout

When a boorish millionaire and a Mets fan with a phony name show up at his door with a temptin...

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Family Affair
Rex Stout

When a bomb kills his favorite waiter from his favorite restaurant, sedentary sleuth and...

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Death Times Three
Rex Stout

Archie Goodwin has his hands full when three baffling murders make him the recipient of a...

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