Nero Wolfe #1: Fer-De-Lance by Rex Stout (Pocket 112 – 1941)

Fer-De-Lance by Rex Stout

Fer-De-Lance by Rex Stout

As any herpetologist will tell you, the fer-de-lance is among the most dreaded snakes known to man.  When someone makes a present of one to Nero Wolfe, Archie Goodwin knows he’s getting dreadfully close to solving the devilishly clever murders of an immigrant and a college president.  As for Wolfe, he’s playing snake charmer in a case with more twists than an anaconda – whistling a seductive tune he hopes will catch a killer who’s still got poison in his heart.

The first novel featuring detective Nero Wolfe and sidekick Archie Goodwin, originally published in 1934. Stout would go on to write 32 more Nero Wolfe novels, and even more Nero Wolfe short stories, until his death in 1975. This novel was adapted as the 1936 film Meet Nero Wolfe, starring Edward Arnold as Wolfe.

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Title: Fer-De-Lance
Author: Rex Stout
Imprint & Number: Pocket 112
Cover price: none
Publication date: 1941
Cover artist: uncredited
ISBN: none

Gary Lovisi’s Antique Trader Collectible Paperback Price Guide has this edition valued between $22 and $175, depending on condition.

Publicity photograph of Lionel Stander as Arch...

Publicity photograph of Lionel Stander as Archie Goodwin, Edward Arnold as Nero Wolfe, and the other members of the principal cast in a scene from the Columbia Pictures film Meet Nero Wolfe (1936) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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