Cat came in from shopping with this beautiful paperback today. THANKS Cat!
Always love getting a new Wolfe cover, but especially a special one like this! Will get back and add text asap, just gonna get the cover up for now.
Fer-de-Lance – 50th Anniversary Edition paperback
2nd printing, November 1984
A Bantam Book – published by arrangement with the author
Farrar & Rinehart edition published 1934
Bantam edition published March 1983
Second Printing – November 1984
Copyright, 1934, 1962 by Rex Stout
Rear Cover Text:
Nero Wolfe’s very first recorded case!
A discarded newspaper, a young engineers mysterious disappearance, and the death of a college president induce the great detective to wager $1O,OOO with the district attorney – and help a young daughter prove her mother was no murderess.
Step into the unassuming Thirty-fifth Street brownstone. and join in the astounding exploits of Nero Wolfe. ,Marvel at his daily beer consumption, his unsurpassed appetite, the incredible expanse of his yellow silk pajamas. Bear witness to his unwavering, often infuriating addiction to fine foods, good books, beautiful orchids and custom-made chairs. Empathize with his confidential assistant, Archie Goodwin, archetypal private eye and man of action, whose primary function is prodding his immense employer into motion. See for yourself why, through a hundred million copies and seventy-two cases, the adventures of America’s largest private detective and his extended family continue to captivate and enthrall readers around the world. Discover Nero Wolfe – the greatest detective of them all.
This special 5Oth Anniversary Edition of Fer-de-Lance contains a 16-page retrospective of Nero Wolfe’s career by noted Rex Stout scholar John McAleer.
Inside Cover Text:
Praise for Nero Wolfe…
“It is always a treat to read a Nero Wolfe mystery. The man has entered our folklore; he is part of the psyche of anybody who has ever turned over the pages of a mystery novel. Like Sherlock Holmes… he looms larger than life and, in some ways, is much more satisfactory.”
– The New York Times Book Review
“The most interesting great detective of them all.”
– Kingsley Amis, author of Lucky Jim
“The worst thorn in the flesh I know of.”
– Inspector L. T. Cramer, Manhattan South
“Nero Wolfe is one of the master creations.”
– James M. Cain, author of The Postman Always Rings Twice
“(Wolfe)…is the best of them all.”
– Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes
“My favorite fatty.”