The Misadventures of Nero Wolfe: Parodies and Pastiches Featuring the Great Detective of West 35th Street

The Misadventures of Nero Wolfe: Parodies and Pastiches Featuring the Great Detective of West 35th Street


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Stories that pay tribute to Rex Stout’s legendary private detective by Lawrence Block, Loren D. Estleman, John Lescroart, Robert Goldsborough, and more.
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin have been widely flattered almost from the moment Rex Stout first wrote about them in 1934. The Misadventures of Nero Wolfe collects two dozen literary tributes to one of crime fiction’s best-loved private detectives and his Man Friday. Included are:

  • A 1947 pastiche by award-winning crime writer Thomas Narcejac
  • Rollicking new stories written especially for this collection by Michael Bracken and Robert Lopresti
  • Stories by bestselling authors including Lawrence Block and Loren D. Estleman
  • Chapters from Robert Goldsborough’s authorized continuation of the Wolfe series; Marion Mainwaring’s 1955 tour de force  Murder in Pastiche; and John Lescroart’s  Rasputin’s Revenge, which reimagines a young Wolfe as the son of Sherlock Holmes
Also featuring a reminiscence from Rex Stout’s daughter, this is a treasury of witty and suspenseful crime writing for every fan of the portly private detective.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781504059862
Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media LLC
Publication date: 04/14/2020
Pages: 364
Sales rank: 102,511
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Josh Pachter is an American writer, editor, and translator. At the age of sixteen, Pachter wrote his first short story, which was featured in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine in 1968. Since then, he has published over one hundred works of crime fiction. He has also edited and coedited over a dozen anthologies, including The Misadventures of Ellery Queen and Amsterdam Noir. Pachter lives in Virginia with his wife, Laurie, and is a professor of communication studies and theater at Northern Virginia Community College’s Loudon Campus.

Table of Contents

Tribute in Triplicate: Introductions

At Wolfe's Door Otto Penzler 3

A Family Affair Rebecca Stout Bradbury 7

Plot It Yourselves Josh Pachter 10

Part I Pastiches

The Red Orchid (1947) Thomas Narcejac 19

Chapter 8 From Murder in Pastiche (1955) Marion Mainwaring 45

The Archie Hunters (1968) Jon L. Breen 57

The Frightened Man (1970) O. X. Rusett 77

Chapter 1 From Murder In E Minor (1986) Robert Goldsborough 89

The Purloined Platypus (2017) Marvin Kaye 101

Part II Parodies

The House on 35th Street (1966) Frank Littler 121

The Sidekick Case (1968) Patrick Butler 127

The Case of the Disposable Jalopy (1979) Mack Reynolds 131

As Dark as Christmas Gets (1997) Lawrence Block 161

Who's Afraid of Nero Wolfe? (2008) Loren D. Estleman 193

Julius Katz and the Case of Exploding Wine (2015) Dave Zeltserman 217

The Possibly Last Case of Tiberius Dingo (2020) Michael Bracken 259

Part III Potpourri

The Woman Who Read Rex Stout (1966) William Brittain 281

Sam Buried Caesar (1971) Josh Pachter 291

Chapter 24 From Rasputin's Revenge (1987) John Lescroart 309

A scene from Might as Well Be Dead (2017) Joseph Goodrich 315

The Damned Doorbell Rang (2020) Robert Lopresti 327

Acknowledgments 339

Copyright Information 341

About the Contributors 345


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