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Nero Wolfe

Nero Wolfe is a fictional detective created by the prolific American author Rex Stout in the 1930s and featured in dozens of books and short stories (many of them later collected into books). He is probably the best-known consulting detective after Sherlock Holmes. Wolfe was born in 1892 or 1893 in Trenton, New Jersey, but reared in Montenegro (according to one or two of the books, he was born there as well). He weighs about 285 pounds (and is 5'11" tall), raises orchids (in a rooftop greenhouse in his New York City brownstone rowhouse on West 35th Street, with the help of his employee Theodore Horstmann) as a hobby, drinks beer and is a gormand (and so employs a live-in cook, Fritz Brenner), and almost never leaves his house (where his office is). His leg-work is done by another live-in employee Archie Goodwin, who is also a licensed detective.

The idea that Nero Wolfe was the product of an affair between Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler (whom Holmes always called "the Woman") in Montenegro in 1892, was published in the Baker Street Journal in 1956 by John D. Clark, and co-opted by William S. Baring-Gould. The creators of Wolfe and Holmes had no such connection in mind. Stout, who had the opportunity to accept or reject the suggestion, did neither.

The Nero Wolfe mysteries have been turned into several movies, some weekly radio series (1943 starring Santos Ortega, 1945 starring Francis X. Bushman, 1950 starring Sidney Greenstreet, and 1982 starring Mavor Moore ), and two television series (1977 starring William Conrad and 2000 starring Maury Chaykin).

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Nero Wolfe books by Rex Stout

Nero Wolfe short stories by Rex Stout

Nero Wolfe books by Robert Goldsborough

Books about Nero Wolfe

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