NERO WOLFE: A PRIMER

 

 

BASCOM, DEL:

- Heavy-set

- Owns a private detective agency; occasionally helps Wolfe

 

BONNER, DOL (THEODOLINDA):

- If Death Ever Slept: Eats breakfast with Wolfe in his bedroom

- Second Confession, The: Helps Archie & Saul blackjack Louis Rony

- Too Many Detectives: She & Sally Colt help Wolfe solve this case

- Attractive

- Carmel-colored eyes

- Long lashes

- Owns a private detective agency (only female employees); occasionally helps Wolfe

 

BRENNER, FRITZ:

- Bitter End (Death Times Three): Sick in bed 3 days

- Disguise for Murder (Curtains for Three): Tackles a murder suspect in the hall

- Doorbell Rang, The: Cooks dinner for the 10 for Aristology at home of Lewis Hewitt

- Eeny Meeny Murder Mo (Homicide Trinity): He and Archie irritated that Wolfe is too lazy to

  take care of his soiled tie

- Golden Spiders, The: Angry that Wolfe refuses to eat an altered dish of starlings

- In the Best Families: Works for Marko Vukcic at Rusterman’s restaurant while Wolfe is away

  from home

- Not Quite Dead Enough: He & Wolfe exercise daily at a dock to lose weight & join U.S. army

- Poison a la Carte (Three at Wolfe’s Door): Cooks dinner for the 10 for Aristology

- Always tells Archie to be careful

- Does not keep rye bread in Wolfe’s home

- Does not work on Sunday

- Eats his dinner at 9:00 p.m.in kitchen

- Impatient people ringing the doorbell anger him

- Never asks who is at the front door

- Never fries potatoes

- Never opens Wolfe’s beer bottle

- Owns 294 cookbooks

- Swiss chef to Wolfe

- Thinks Wolfe should have his daughter over to eat

 

CATHER, ORRIE:

- Family Affair, A: Brings a bomb to kill Saul Panzer; Commits suicide on Wolfe’s doorstep;

  Murders 3 people

- Final Deduction, The: Receives $2,000 bonus from Wolfe’s client

- If Death Ever Slept: Substitutes for Archie in Wolfe’s office

- Crew cut

- Husband of Jill Cather

- Private investigator who often helps Wolfe

- Square jaw

- Wants Archie’s job

- Weapon: S&W .38

- Womanizer

 

COHEN, LON:

- Second Confession, The: Prints an expose of communists (Wolfe wrote the articles)

- Big feet

- Enjoys Wolfe’s Remisier brandy

- Often eats dinner at Wolfe’s home

- Sharp, skeptical gray eyes

- Works at the "Gazette" newspaper

 

CRAMER, Inspector Fergus:

- Bitter End (Death Times Three): Angry that Archie left murder scene with a suspect; Posts a

  policeman inside Wolfe’s home to watch an injured suspect

- Death of a Demon (Homicide Trinity): Wolfe makes Cramer look incompetent

- Disguise for Murder (Curtains for Three): Seals Wolfe’s office & has his “nose wiped” by

  Wolfe as a result

- Doorbell Rang, The: Secretly meets Archie to warn Wolfe against FBI & to ask Wolfe’s help

  in investigating why FBI ordered him off a murder investigation (He even bought milk for

  Archie); Smiles twice while Wolfe relates how he caught FBI agents breaking into his home

- Frame-up for Murder (Death Times Three): Listens at alcove “hole”

- Home to Roost (Triple Jeopardy): He & FBI learn that Wolfe offered a bribe to a suspect

- In the Best Families: Attempts to hit Archie in Wolfe’s office; Buys Archie milk & meets him

  secretly; Tells Archie to have Wolfe “lay off” Arnold Zeck (afraid Wolfe will be killed)

- Kill Now--Pay Later (Trio for Blunt Instruments): Wolfe initiates law suit against Cramer &

  others for slandering a client

- Man Alive (Three Doors to Death): Interrupts Wolfe at lunch & calls him a liar

- Method Three for Murder (Three at Wolfe’s Door): Slapped in Wolfe’s office by female

  cabbie

- Murder is No Joke (And Four to Go): Listens to murder confession at alcove “hole”

- Please Pass the Guilt: Asks for a trade of information with Wolfe because he is desperate to

  solve the murder

- Silent Speaker: Booted off the Cheney Boone case until Wolfe gets him reinstated; Gives an

  orchid to Wolfe as thanks for helping him

- Squirt and the Monkey, The (Triple Jeopardy): Almost cancels Archie & Wolfe’s detective

  licenses

- Always wears a battered felt hat

- Big red face

- Bulky

- Burly

- Calls Archie by his first name only when in a rare good mood

- Gruff voice

- Never indecisive

- Occasionally drinks beer in Wolfe’s office

- Often hurls cigar at Archie’s waste basket--only entered the basket once

- Police inspector at Manhattan Homicide West

- Smoked cigarettes/cigars in early stories

- Stand up without using hands on a chair

- Uses a cigar to calm himself (does not smoke them)

 

DURKIN, FRED:

- Death of a Doxy: Wounded in the leg (rifle shot) while protecting a witness

- Doorbell Rang, The: Helps catch FBI agents breaking into Wolfe’s home

- Final Deduction, The: Receives $2,000 bonus from Wolfe’s client

- Golden Spiders, The: Archie saves him while held captive by Lips Egan

- Bald spot

- Clumsy

- Drinks beer because Wolfe does, even though he does not like it

- Father of Elaine Durkin

- Husband of Fanny Durkin

- Irishman

- Never wastes money

- Private investigator who often helps Wolfe

- Round face

- Trustworthy

 

GOODWIN, ARCHIE:

- And be a Villain: Gets “Gazette” to write an editorial criticizing Wolfe

- Assault on a Brownstone (Death Times Three): Cracks the wrist of a murderer

- Before I Die (Trouble in Triplicate): Shot at but not wounded--shoots his pistol in return

- Bitter End (Death Times Three): Attacked by 2 suspects; Carries injured client from scene of

  a murder

- Black Mountain, The: Travels by air & sea with Wolfe to Italy & Montenegro to avenge

  Vukcic; Kills two Albanians & a Russian agent; He & Wolfe see Wolfe’s birthplace

- Blood will Tell (Trio for Blunt Instruments): Murderer mails necktie to Archie

- Booby Trap (Not Quite Dead Enough): Major in Army intelligence

- Bullet for One (Curtains for Three): Involved in horse chase/murder arrest in Central Park

- Champagne for One: Attends stilted dinner for wayward girls; He is the only obstacle for

  police to claim that a murder was suicide

- Christmas Party (And Four to Go): Fakes a marriage proposal to irritate Wolfe

- Cop-Killer, The (Triple Jeopardy): Client almost breaks Archie’s back in a surprise attack

- Death of a Doxy: Discovers corpse while working for Orrie Cather; Saul helps Archie search 

  corpse for clues

- Death of a Dude: Archie is guest at Lily’s ranch in Montana; He & Wolfe are made special  

  investigators for Montana D.A.

- Die Like a Dog (Three Witnesses): Brings Labrador retriever to rile Wolfe in his office

- Disguise for Murder (Curtains for Three): Wounded/almost killed by Mrs. Carlisle while he

  follows Wolfe’s instructions to expose a murderer

- Doorbell Rang, The: Bounces ill-mannered murder suspect from Wolfe’s office; Helps catch

  FBI agents breaking into Wolfe’s home

- Eeny Meeny Murder Mo (Homicide Trinity): He and Fritz irritated that Wolfe is too lazy to

  take care of his soiled tie

- Family Affair, A: His detective’s licence is suspended

- Fer-de Lance: Gives $1,000 to Anna Fiore; Hits Corbett, lawyer in Westchester County district 

  attorney’s office

- Final Deduction, The: He & Wolfe hide at Dr. Vollmer’s home overnight; Receives $5,000 bonus

  from Wolfe’s client; tapes Althea Vail’s confession to murder

- Fourth of July Picnic (And Four to Go): Flees with Wolfe to Saul’s home, as Wolfe fears being

  arrested; Helps Saul wrestle down a murderer

- Gambit: Scuffles with a murder suspect

- Golden Spiders, The: Gunfight in a garage as he rescues Fred from capture & torture

- Help Wanted, Male (Trouble in Triplicate): He & Stebbins fight Peter Root in Wolfe’s home

- Immune to Murder (Three for the Chair): Reels in large trout even after discovering a corpse

  (did not want to lose the fish)

- In the Best Families: Becomes a “B” in Arnold Zeck’s organization; FBI offers him a job; Goes

  to Norway on a trip with Lily; Starts his own detective agency--Annabel Frey hires him

- Instead of Evidence (Trouble in Triplicate): Threatens to resign because Wolfe is lazy

- Invitation to Murder (Three Men Out): Stages attack on himself over telephone so that Wolfe

  will arrive at Theodore Huck ‘s apartment & solve a murder

- League of Frightened Men, The: Drugged by Dora Chapin

- Method Three for Murder (Three at Wolfe’s Door): Angry with Wolfe & quits his job; helps

  female cab driver & friend avoid a murder rap

- Might as well be Dead: He & Saul strip a dead woman to acquire hidden evidence

- Mother Hunt, The: He and Archie skedaddle from Cramer & stay at client’s home

- Murder by the Book: Entertains 10 women at Wolfe’s to elicit clues in murder case; Travels by

  air to Los Angeles on this case

- Murder is Corny (Trio for Blunt Instruments): Arrested as murder suspect because a dumb

  blonde implicates him; Fights 2 suspects

- Next Witness, The (Three Witnesses): Hides overnight at Saul’s home with Archie; Subpoenaed

  as state witness, but becomes a fugitive by leaving the court with Wolfe

- Not Quite Dead Enough: Major in Army intelligence; Sets himself up as a murder suspect to force

  Wolfe back to work

- Please Pass the Guilt: Tricks Wolfe into staying on this case

- Poison a la Carte (Three at Wolfe’s Door): Stebbins arrests him for obstruction of justice

- Prisoner’s Base: Asks to help Cramer; Attempts to solve murder case by himself until he is 

  arrested & himself becomes Wolfe’s client; Buys Stebbins a dinner; Tears up a paycheck because

  Wolfe was rude; Volunteers to help police under Cramer’s supervision

- Red Box, The: Slaps assistant district attorney Frisbie in Wolfe’s office

- Rubber Band, The: Throws 2 policemen out of Wolfe’s home; shoots Anthony Perry in shoulder

- Second Confession, The: Arranges to blackjack Louis Rony; Clawed in face by Mrs. Sperling;

  Drinks doped bourbon at Sperling house; Hosts a party for women at Wolfe’s home (Fritz cooks

  the meal); Slaps Paul Emerson & roughs up his wife; Smokes cigarettes; Flies to Los Angeles on

  this case

- Silent Speaker: Fell in love with Phoebe Gunther;  Hits Don O’Neill once & ejects him from

  Wolfe’s home

- Some Buried Caesar: Chased by bull; Crashes car into tree on the way to flower display at upstate

  New York fair; Spends time in county jail & organizes a prisoner’s union

- Squirt and the Monkey, The (Triple Jeopardy): Almost loses detective license because client

  lied about he & Wolfe to police; Arrested on Sullivan act; Furious that someone took his pistol;

  Slams client into a wall

- This Won’t Kill You (Three Men Out): Corrupt druggist corners his niece & Archie, threaten-

   ing them with acid

- Too Many Detectives: Called to Albany, New York; He & Wolfe arrested as material witnesses

- Too Many Women: Fights/defeats Harold Anthony outside of Wolfe’s home

- When a Man Murders (Three Witnesses): Fights with murder suspect

- 5' 11" tall

- Always cleans his desk before sleep

- Always looks for tails (automatic reflex)

- Always looks twice at people from Brooklyn

- Always sleeps well & Quickly

- Baseball fan; favorite team is New York Giants

- Best punch: a right fist to the kidney

- Big brown eyes

- Born in 1914 (as mentioned in Too Many Women); born in Canton, Ohio

- Cars he drives (Wolfe buys them): Heron sedan

- Dislikes beer

- Dislikes being awakened by a ringing telephone

- Dislikes carrying a briefcase

- Dislikes crack-lovers

- Dislikes dressing fast

- Dislikes fireplaces

- Dislikes it when Wolfe withholds information from Archie

- Dislikes men named Eugene

- Dislikes one-handed driving, except on rare occasions to annoy Wolfe

- Dislikes other people sitting at his desk

- Dislikes women who cling or cannot keep up while walking with him

- Does not get real satisfaction reading books

- Does not hang up the telephone on people

- Does not use elevator in Wolfe’s home except to accompany someone

- Drinks gin fizz

- Drinks orange juice in the morning to wake up

- Eats breakfast in kitchen while Fritz cooks; reads newspaper while he eats

- Enjoys fishing

- Enjoys getting Lt. Rowcliff to stutter

- Enjoys searching a room for clues

- Enjoys taking walks

- Excellent memory & reporter

- Excellent observer

- Excellent typist

- Fast walker

- Gets tired of eating shad roe

- Good at tailing people

- Good pool player

- Greatest satisfaction is doing a job well

- Handsome

- Has 2 brothers and 2 sisters

- Impatient

- Impulsive

- Intrepid

- Likes a case that he can diagram

- Likes caviar

- Listens to music at the “Cupboard”

- Lower part of his spine tingles at the mention of murder

- Major in army intelligence during World War II

- Maneuvers Wolfe into cases

- Needs 8 hours of sleep each night

- Never crows

- Never naps

- Nicknamed “Escamillo” by Lily Rowen

- Often sits on front stoop steps to watch neighbor boys play ball

- Once had a job guarding a NYC pier before working for Wolfe; fired after he shot/killed 2 men

- Once had 22 stitches in his side, caused by a knife wound

- Only allows himself intentional rudeness

- Only chauffeur Wolfe really trusts

- Only studied 2 weeks at college; said it was childish

- Owns the furniture in his bedroom

- Parents died when he was young

- Parks car so he can leave without backing up (quick getaway)

- Patient waiter, especially while tailing someone on a case

- Patrician nose

- Pistol: Grisson .38; Marley .22; Marley .32; Farger snub nose; Worthington .38 serial number

  63092T; Favorite is a Colt, which he took from Arnold Zeck’s garage (In the Best Families)

- Prefers living in the city

- Raises one eyebrow, which annoys Wolfe

- Realizes that he cannot use logic on women

- Rules: 1. Carry a pistol when on a murder case

            2. Have pistol in pocket when a killer may be present

- Seats murder suspect nearest him

- Sends rare orchids weekly to Lily Rowen

- Sharpens pencils to annoy Wolfe

- Small nose

- Smokes cigarettes in early stories--not in later ones

- Sunday is his day off, unless on a case; Wolfe gives him 2 days off for working on Sunday

- Superlative dancer

- Takes a long time to wake up

- “Too conceited to be seduced into perfidy”, according to Wolfe

- Types fast and loud to annoy Wolfe

- Unable to relax while on a murder case

- Usually goes out Tuesday evenings

- Wakes up in a morning fog

- Wine makes him yawn

 

GORE, BILL:
- Private investigator who helped Wolfe in early stories

 

HEWITT, LEWIS:

- Black Orchids: Gave black orchid plants to Wolfe in payment for help

- Doorbell Rang, The: Held dinner (Ten for Aristology) at his estate per Wolfe request

- Estate on Long Island

- Likes to act

- Rich orchid grower & friend of Wolfe

 

HOMBERT,:
- NYC police commissioner

 

HORSTMANN, THEODORE:

- Door to Death (Three Doors to Death): Returns home to help his critically ill mother

- In the Best Families: Works for Lewis Hewitt while Wolfe is away from home

- Archie does not like him

- “Baby’s” Wolfe

- Character like “sour milk”

- Does not work on Sunday

- Skilled in caring for orchids

- Sleeps in a room near the plant rooms

- Sunday is his day off

 

KEEMS, JOHNNY (John Joseph):

- Might as well be Dead: Was murdered while on a Wolfe case

- Private investigator who often helped Wolfe in early stories

- Self-important

- Slick hair

- Smug

- Strides

- Wants Archie’s job

- Young

 

MANDELBAUM, Irving:

- NYC prosecutor

 

MARTIN, Felix:

- Worked at Rusterman restaurant

 

PANZER, SAUL:

- Before I Die (Trouble in Triplicate): Helps shoot murderer in Wolfe’s office

- Counterfeit for Murder (Homicide Trinity): Fights with two counterfeiters

- Death of a Doxy: Helps Archie search corpse for clues

- Door to Death (Three Doors to Death): Conducts an illegal search for Wolfe

- Doorbell Rang, The: Helps catch FBI agents breaking into Wolfe’s home

- Final Deduction, The: Receives $2,000 bonus from Wolfe’s client

- Fourth of July Picnic (And Four to Go): Hosts Archie & Wolfe in his home; Helps Archie

  wrestle down a murderer

- Might as well be Dead: He & Archie strip a dead woman to acquire hidden evidence

- Next Witness, The (Three Witnesses): Hides Wolfe & Archie overnight at his home; Provides

  Wolfe with wide array of food

- Prisoner’s Base: Sent to Peru for documents/information about murderer

- Second Confession, The: Helps Archie & Dol Bonner blackjack Louis Rony

- When a Man Murders (Three Witnesses): Flies to South Carolina for information

- Big ears

- Dodgers baseball fan

- Excellent memory, tailer & poker player

- Hosts Thursday night poker game at his home; Archie usually attends

- Husky voice

- Narrow face

- Owns two buildings in Brooklyn

- Plays classical piano music; has grand piano at home (top floor of apartment on East 38th St.)

- Private investigator who often helps Wolfe

- Rust-colored hair

- Short (5' 7"); 140 lbs

- Wears old brown suit and faded cap

 

PARKER:

- Wolfe’s lawyer

- Sometimes eats at Wolfe’s home

 

ROWEN LILY:

- Death of a Dude: Hosts Archie & Wolfe at her Montana ranch

- In the Best Families: Kisses Wolfe as she pretends to be his girlfriend; Takes Archie on a trip

  to Norway

- Not Quite Dead Enough: Suspected of murder

- Rodeo Murder, The (Three at Wolfe’s Door): Sponsors a dinner & roping contest at her

  NYC apartment

- Some Buried Caesar: First meets Archie, while a bull in an upstate New York pasture attacks

  he & Wolfe

- Archie’s steady girlfriend/lover

- Blonde

- Blue eyes

- Flirt

- Millionaire

- Owns a ranch in Montana

- Penthouse on 63rd Street, NYC

- Plays piano

- Pretty

 

ROWCLIFF, Lt. J.M.:

- Before Midnight: Slapped by woman in Wolfe’s dining room

- Please Pass the Guilt: Receives an official police reprimand for discussing a murder investiga-

  tion with his sister

- Prisoner’s Base: Pushes himself inside Wolfe’s home & arrests him as a material witness

- Red Box, The: Executes a search warrant for Clara Fox in Wolfe’s home

- Twin brother of Diana Copes

- Dislikes Archie and Wolfe

- Handsome

- Hates private investigators

- Sneers

- Stutters when angry

 

SKINNER, Bill:

- NYC D.A.

 

STEBBINS Sgt. PURLEY:

- And be a Villain: Laughs in derision when Archie asks where his clients are

- Cop-Killer, The (Triple Jeopardy): Female murder suspect falsely accuses him of trying to

  kill her

- Father Hunt, The: Wolfe orders Stebbins to leave his home.

- Golden Spiders, The: Listens to conversation while at alcove “hole”

- Help Wanted, Male (Trouble in Triplicate): He & Archie fight Peter Root in Wolfe’s home

- Poison a la Carte (Three at Wolfe’s Door): Arrests Archie for obstruction of justice; Helps

  catch murderer; Listens in hiding while Archie interrogates girls

- Prisoner’s Base: Archie buys him a dinner of fried clams at Louie’s

- Always has a hoarse voice

- Always prefers speaking with Archie rather than Wolfe

- Always sits in yellow chair rather than the red leather one in Wolfe’s office

- Big body & ears

- Big bony face

- Favorite food is fried clams at Louie’s

- Gold tooth

- No sense of humor

- Pig-bristle eye brows

 

VOLLMER, Doctor Edwin A.:

- Drinks beer with Wolfe when visiting in the evening

- Leaves places abruptly

- Long legs (in Please Pass the Guilt)

- Narrow jaw

- Often doctors someone for Wolfe, usually in Wolfe’s office

- Once sewed 22 stitches in Archie’s side, caused by a knife wound

- Short legs

 

VUKCIC, MARKO:

- Black Mountain, The: Murdered by Peter Zov (Wolfe & Archie avenge his death)

- Omit Flowers (Three Doors to Death): Pressures Wolfe into taking a case as a favor to him

- Too Many Cooks: Travels to Kanawha Spa, West Virginia, with Wolfe

- Born in Montenegro & fought with Wolfe in underground movement there

- Disheveled hair

- Excellent chef

- Ex-husband of Dina Rossi

- One of three people who call Wolfe by his first name

- Owner of Rustermann’s restaurant

- Tall

- Usually visits Wolfe on a Sunday afternoon to shoot pool

- Wolfe’s best friend since boyhood in Montenegro

 

WOLFE, NERO:

- And be a Villain: Arnold Zeck warns Wolfe to be careful on the case; Rare time that he gives all

  facts about a case to Cramer

- Assault on a Brownstone (Death Times Three): Personally slams door in Cramer’s face;

  Treasury agent searches Wolfe’s home for counterfeit money

- Before I Die (Trouble in Triplicate): Wolfe accepts Dazy Perrit case because he is desperate to

  get some meat; Named executor of Perrit’s estate

- Before Midnight: Leaves his home to work on this murder case

- Bitter End (Death Times Three): Furious after eating poisoned liver pate & determined to find

  the culprit

- Black Mountain, The: Anna Britton, Wolfe’s adopted daughter, murdered; Brings murderer

  to NYC aboard a ship; Identifies Marko Vukcic’s murdered body in the morgue; Rode in taxi &

  walked 5 blocks; Travels by air & sea with Archie to Italy & Montenegro to avenge Anna &

  Vukcic; Shot at by Peter Zov; He & Archie see Wolfe’s birthplace; He & Archie sleep in a

  haystack

- Black Orchids: Arranges it so that W.G. Dill kills himself vice Wolfe & others; Goes to flower

  show to “drool” over black orchids; Two women sleep in Wolfe’s home

- Blood will Tell (Trio for Blunt Instruments): Skips plant session to disclose murderer’s identity

- Booby Trap (Not Quite Dead Enough): Compelled to leave home often on business for U.S.

  government (tolerated as his contribution to the war); Lets John Shattuck have a hand grenade, to

  facilitate his suicide in Van Cortlandt Park, NYC

- Bullet for One (Curtains for Three): All clients arrested sometime during this case; Two suspects

  slug each other in his office

- Champagne for One: Kicks female suspect in her face; Must unravel the murder of a prostitute’s

  daughter

- Christmas Party (And Four to Go): Dressed as Santa Claus at a Christmas party so that he can

  view Archie’s fiancée

- Cop-Killer, The (Triple Jeopardy): Helps 2 illegal immigrants because one was his barber;

  Leaves home “for a haircut” to solve a murder

- Cordially Invited to Meet Death (Black Orchids): Furious because Cramer takes a dinner guest

  from his home; Sends 8 black orchids to Bess Huddleston’s funeral; Woman helps Wolfe & Fritz

  make corned beef hash (Wolfe allows her to put her arm around his waist as they work)

- Death of a Demon (Homicide Trinity): Client arrested on murder charge; Wolfe makes Cramer

  look incompetent

- Death of a Doxy: Impressed with a night club singer in his home; Female witness stays at Wolfe’s

  home; Wolfe, Archie, Fred & Saul vote to help Orrie, who was arrested for murder

- Death of a Dude: Flies to Lily’s ranch in Montana to help Archie; Travels in rain to interview

  murder suspects; Wolfe & Archie are made special investigators for Montana D.A.

 

- Die Like a Dog (Three Witnesses): Skedaddles from his office when a woman cries; Solves the

  case so that he can keep a Labrador retriever

- Disguise for Murder (Curtains for Three): Refuses food to police in his home & eats in front

  of them (furious that Cramer seals his office after a murder committed there)

- Door to Death (Three Doors to Death): Chased out of county by police Lt. Lon Noonan; Takes

  murder case because Sybil Pitcairn called him Nero; Tramps through snowy woods at night;

  Travels to upstate New York to entice Andrew Krasicki into his employ while Theodore is ill

- Doorbell Rang, The: Breaks orchid schedule & leaves home on business; Refuses to answer

  doorbell when FBI director comes to see Wolfe; Sets trap to catch FBI agents breaking into his

  home

- Easter Parade (And Four to Go): Hires sneak thief to steal orchids from a woman’s chest

- Eeny Meeny Murder Mo (Homicide Trinity): Female suspect escapes from Wolfe’s home by

  jumping out the front room window; Furious that his tie became a murder weapon; Hugs a woman

  tightly to keep himself alive

- Family Affair, A: His detective’s licence is suspended; Leaves his home on business; Tells

  Cramer to shut up

- Father Hunt, The: Wolfe orders Stebbins to leave his home; Wolfe spends 3 days as guest at

  Hewitt estate on Long island

- Fer-de Lance: Kills fer-de lance snake with beer bottle

- Final Deduction, The: He & Archie hide at Dr. Vollmer’s home overnight

- Fourth of July Picnic (And Four to Go): Breaks plant schedule to speak with a source of infor-

  mation; Coerced into giving a speech on Long Island; Flees his home in fear of being arrested;

  Stages expose in Saul’s home

- Gambit: Burns a new dictionary which he thought was offensive; Client stays at Wolfe’s home

- Golden Spiders, The: Determined to expose culprit who murders those seeking his help; Refuses

  to eat starlings because Fritz changed the recipe without Wolfe being consulted; Sets precedence

  in working before breakfast

- Gun with Wings, The (Curtains for Three): Arranges for Cramer to arrest his clients as material

  witnesses

- Help Wanted, Male (Trouble in Triplicate): Angry that Cramer comes with a search warrant;

  Hires Peter Root to masquerade as Wolfe--unaware that Root planned to murder him; Rejects

  $5,000 from Emil Jensen

- Home to Roost (Triple Jeopardy): Drunk woman pats his head & pours scotch in his beer; Two

  women smack it out in his office; Offers bribe to a suspect

- If Death Ever Slept: Takes case to teach Archie a lesson; “Opens the bag” for Cramer

- Immune to Murder (Three for the Chair): Agrees to cook trout for foreign ambassador &

  Assistant U.S. Secretary of State in Adirondack Mountains lodge; Refused bribe of emerald ring

- In the Best Families: Arranges Arnold Zeck’s death; Becomes a “D” in Zeck organization; Kisses

  Lily Rowen as she pretends to be his girlfriend; Leaves  home 4 months & loses weight to fight

  Zeck; Receives warning from Zeck (sausage tear gas bomb); Used Zeck’s telephone to have Fritz

  prepare dinner (after Zeck was killed in his own office at Wolfe’s instigation)

- Instead of Evidence (Trouble in Triplicate): “Flees” from his office to get away from Conroy

  Blaney

- Invitation to Murder (Three Men Out): Speechless when he learns that Archie staged an attack

  on himself over telephone so that Wolfe will solve a murder at Theodore Huck ‘s apartment

- Kill Now--Pay Later (Trio for Blunt Instruments): Daughter of Wolfe’s bootblack sleeps in

  his home for protection; Initiates lawsuit against Cramer & others for slandering a client

- League of Frightened Men, The: Rides in a taxi driven by Dora Chapin

- Man Alive (Three Doors to Death): Compelled to serve as a witness in Jean Daumery’s trial

- Might as well be Dead: Has woman stay in his home to avoid being murdered

- Method Three for Murder (Three at Wolfe’s Door): Offers to assist Archie for half of client’s

  fee in order keep Archie in his employ

- Mother Hunt, The: He and Archie skedaddle from Cramer & stay at client’s home; So angry after

  a second murder that he throws a jacket at Archie

- Murder is Corny (Trio for Blunt Instruments): Saves Archie & himself from a carton bomb by

  breaking his orchid schedule

- Next Witness, The (Three Witnesses): Exposes blackmail/phone answering service; Held under

  arrest at court; Hides overnight at Saul’s home with Archie; Subpoenaed as state witness, but

  becomes a fugitive by leaving the court on a quest for murder evidence

- Not Quite Dead Enough: He & Fritz exercise daily at a dock to lose weight & join U.S. army

- Omit Flowers (Three Doors to Death): Compels Mrs. Whitten to sleep in spare bedroom (with

  daughter, Phoebe Landy); Laughs in tribute of Archie’s ability to get murder suspects to visit his

  office; Takes case for free as a favor to Marko Vukcic

- Over My Dead Body: Violates his plant schedule to help his adopted daughter

- Please Pass the Guilt: Furious with a client who lies to him; Murderer brings suitcase bomb to

  Wolfe’s home; So stymied that Wolfe decides to pull out of the case & write off his expenses

- Plot it Yourself: Has a bellowing fit upon learning that another murder occurs before he can spring

  a trap; Leaves his office to attend a meeting with clients; Swears off drinking beer & eating meat

  until he can unmask a murderer

- Poison a la Carte (Three at Wolfe’s Door): All employees at Rusterman’s restaurant offer to

  hire Wolfe; Does not go to his morning session in the plant rooms; He & Archie eat with 10 for

  Aristology (food served by lovely maidens in stolas)

- Prisoner’s Base: Lt. Rowcliff pushes himself inside Wolfe’s home & arrests him as a material

  witness; Sends Saul to Peru to obtain documents/information about murderer; Victim attempted

  to stay at Wolfe’s home for 1 week (as paying guest)

- Red Box, The: Goes to Boyden McNair office on business; becomes executor of McNair estate

- Rodeo Murder, The (Three at Wolfe’s Door): Cowboy smacks suspect in Wolfe’s office; Eats

  blue grouse dinner at Lily’s apartment; Forced to stop female suspect who pulls a gun on Archie

  in Wolfe’s office; Two cowgirls fight in Wolfe’s office

- Rubber Band, The: Exercises 15 minutes daily by “hurling javelins” (throwing darts) in his office;

  Hides Clara Fox in his home while Cramer executes a search warrant; Shot in the left arm by 

  Anthony Perry

- Second Confession, The: Arnold Zeck has men machinegun the plant rooms as a warning to

  abandon the case; Solves murder with help from Communist Party USA member; Succeeds  in

  getting Paul Emerson’s radio show canceled; Travels to Sperling home after his home is attacked

- Silent Speaker: Gets so angry that he forgets to order beer; Goes to police headquarters under a

  material witness warrant; Pretends to have a nervous breakdown to avoid seeing police; Slap the

  face of inspector Leonard Ash

- Some Buried Caesar: Soaks county cop with orchid sprayer

- Squirt and the Monkey, The (Triple Jeopardy): Almost loses detective license because client

  lied about he & Archie to police; So furious that he works on a murder case during his morning

  plant session

- This Won’t Kill You (Three Men Out): Compelled to take French guest to a baseball game

- Too Many Clients: Withholds vital information from police

- Too Many Cooks: Shot in the cheek by Raymond Liggett while Archie & Wolfe stay as guests at

  Kanawha Spa, West Virginia

- Too Many Detectives: Called to Albany, New York; He & Archie arrested as material witnesses

  Murderer attempts to frame Wolfe for the murder

- When a Man Murders (Three Witnesses): Female client kisses him on cheek as thanks

- Where There’s a Will: Leaves home to help U.S. Secretary of State; Leaves scene of a murder

  so that he can eat dinner at home

- Window for Death, A (Three for the Chair): Two men fight in Wolfe’s office

- Zero Clue, The (Three Men Out): Cuts dinner short & reads police files while eating; Victim left

  clue in pencils atop his desk

- 5' 11" tall (once said to be 5' 8" tall); seventh of a ton in weight (272 pounds)

- Age: 56 years old

- Always annoyed when told,  “Go to hell”

- Always curt when standing up

- Always forgets a handkerchief to wipe foam after drinking beer; Archie keeps a supply in his desk

   just for this purpose

- Always gruff when seated on a small chair

- Always keeps $5,000 in emergency reserve (office safe)

- Always sociable with good food

- Answers most letters

- Ate blue grouse once at Lily Rowen’s home

- Banks at Continental Bank& Trust Co.

- Beer signal is 2 short & 1 long buzz

- Believes eating is important when having troubles

- Believes an open fire stultifies mental processes

- Bookmarks: thin strip of ebony; thin strip of gold

- Breakfast routine begins at 8:00 a.m.

- Brown eyes

- Burns books that he considers subversive--a cookbook and Webster’s New International Dic-

  tionary

- Calls Archie “Mr. Goodwin” when excited & no one else is there

- Charged a male client $1,000 extra for using “contact” as a verb

- “Childish trick” he uses: drops beer bottle in wastebasket, pretending to stay with his daily beer

  quota (but he keeps the bottle cap)

- Counts bottle caps every Tuesday

- Daily counts beer bottle caps & puts them in his desk drawer (1 day’s worth)

- Dislikes being call “boss”

- Dislikes coarse talk, especially from a woman

- Dislikes eating from a tray except for breakfast

- Dislikes getting a tip of information from women

- Dislikes lawyers

- Dislikes more than 6 people together for a meal

- Dislikes people eating while wearing a hat

- Dislikes pipes

- Dislikes a pug nose on a woman

- Dislikes purple

- Dislikes quoters

- Dislikes radio & TV, but uses them occasionally; enjoys turning them off

- Dislikes seeing a hungry person in his home

- Dislikes seeing a woman pleased

- Dislikes seeing police remove people from his office

- Dislikes sound of a pencil sharpener & loud typewriter

- Dislikes thinking without being paid

- Dislikes using telephone

- Dislikes women who take charge

- Dislikes uncertainty

- Dislikes vinegar on food

- Does not allow himself to get upset before a meal

- Does not drink beer before lunch

- Does not know much street slang

- Does not put cream in coffee when he is in a good mood

- Does not talk business while eating a meal

- Does not talk much when riding in a car or walking

- Dog-ears a book unless it is worthy of his gold bookmark

- Eats breakfast at a small table near his bedroom window if it is a sunny day--otherwise he eats

  in bed

- Eyes wide open indicate: 1. Indifference/bored; 2. Irritation

- Favorite color is yellow

- Fears all machines, especially for transportation

- Gold bottle opener (present from Marko Vukcic)

- Hangs up telephone abruptly

- “Hard to rile at breakfast”

- Hates jellied consommé

- Hates to work

- Intolerable when he smirks

- Introduces Fritz to those who eat his food

- Keeps $5,000 cash reserve in office safe

- Kitchen is the only place where he will tolerate a small seat

- Lets Archie answer telephone during a meal if it is from a female client

- Licks foam off his lips when company is not present

- Likes foam on his upper lip from drinking beer

- Likes good rugs

- Likes to eat shad roe

- Likes to show how intelligent he is

- Likes to use the alcove “hole”

- Lips twitch when amused or fiercely indignant

- Looks bigger when obnoxious

- Morning routine:

  1. Says “Good morning, Archie”

  2. Puts fresh orchids in a vase on his desk

  3. Looks at mail

  4. Rings for beer

  5. Checks pen to see if it functions

- Murmurs when angry

- Never carries money

- Never gloats over an exposed murderer

- Never sells orchids

- Never sleeps early

- Never too flabbergasted to speak

- Occasionally exercises by throwing darts in his office (dart board later moved to his bedroom)

- Occasionally plays pool as exercise

- Occasionally whistles softly

- Once married to a woman from Montenegro

- Orchid schedule: Monday-Saturday 9:00-11:00 a.m. & 4:00-6:00 p.m.

- Owns a home in Cairo, Egypt

- Polite to those who like his office

- Pulls at his vest when ready to eat

- Quickly exits a room when a woman cries

- Rarely sleeps before midnight

- Relapse types (refuses to discuss a case):

  1. Stay in bed & not see anyone

  2. Discuss food with Fritz & eats in the kitchen

- Rereads books when depressed

- Respects Cramer’s abilities

- Sharpens his penknife once a week

- Sleeps with bedroom window open

- Slow reader

- Snores

- Speaks 8 languages (Albanian, Bari, English, French, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish, Serbo-Croat,);

  Once spoke Arabic

- Spends 20 minutes per week looking at advertisements

- Takes longer to eat when job progress is slow

- Thinks all fainting is a woman’s act

- Thinks gin drinkers are barbarians

- Trustee of Rusterman’s restaurant after Marko Vukcic is murdered

- Uses a black silk bed coverlet & yellow sheets

- Uses both hands to grip his desk prior to standing up

- Uses the same tone of voice for men & women

- Watches TV so that he can enjoy turning it off

- Wears yellow pajamas

- When he & Cramer are on friendly terms, Wolfe says Archie vice Mr. Goodwin

- Wiggles a finger more than usual when he is wrong

- Will listen to business at breakfast, but not during other meals

- Will not charge food/drink at his home as a business expense

- Will not fold a newspaper while he reads it

- Will not sell orchids

- Will not use air conditioners because he distrusts machines

- Will not use telephone in bed

 

 

WOLFE’S HOME--Brownstone at 918 West 35th Street, Manhattan, New York City


Click to view Diagram of Nero Wolfe's Brownstone

 

- Layout of his 1st floor--Right-hand side of front door: front room; bathroom; office; alcove

   Left-hand side: clothes rack/closet; elevator; dining room; kitchen

- Telephone number is Protor 5-5000

   (Address was 902 West 35th St. in Murder by the Book)

 

ARCHIE’S BEDROOM & BATH: (Click to View)
    (Click to View: Archie Floor Plan)

- Archie’s furniture: big bed; carpet; desk; 3 chairs

- Gong alarm under bed to warn of intruders into Wolfe’s bedroom

- Located on 2nd floor

- Wall pictures: Lion’s head; Mount Vernon; nude girl (in his bathroom); photo of parents;

  woods

 

BACK YARD:

- Back stairs lead to kitchen door

- Surrounded by 8' fence; gate opens into an alley

 

FRITZ’ BEDROOM & BATH: (Click to View)

- Exit through small hall in front that has a tiny vestibule under the front steps stoop; iron gate

  & grill

- Located in basement; 3' below street level, facing West 35th Street

 

FRONT ROOM & HALL: (Click to View)

- 1st door on left as you enter Wolfe’s home

- 6 velvet cushions on sofa

- 7 steps to front door stoop

- At least 4 chairs

- Bathroom shared between this room and office; doors open to both rooms

- Connecting door to Wolfe’s office

- Large as Wolfe’s office

- One chair in hall

 

GREENHOUSE: (Click to View)
    (Click to View: Floor Plan)

- Big chair in potting room

- Over 10,000 orchid plants

- Vestibule; Orchid rooms (warm--tropical, medium--intermediate, cool); Potting; Theodore’s

   bedroom

 

KITCHEN & HALL: (Click to View)

- Alcove in hall near kitchen; listening “hole” at eye level (behind office wall painting)

- Backdoor opens to small yard & back fence door (opens into alley)

 

NORTH ROOM: (Click to View)

- Guest bedroom located on 2nd floor--below Archie’s bedroom

 

OFFICE: (Click to View)

- 2nd door on left as you enter Wolfe’s home

- 8 lights (3 for bookshelves; ceiling; Near globe; on Archie’s desk; on Wolfe’s desk; on wall

  behind Wolfe)

- Archie’s wooden desk

- Bathroom shared between office and the front room

- Bookcases hold over 1,200 books

- Cabinets

- Cherry wood desk is Wolfe’s

- Connecting door to front room

- Couch against wall near Archie (left side of him)

- Custom-built brown leather Brazilian Mauro chair is Wolfe’s favorite

- “Dunce’s chair” (aka the red leather chair); faces a window

- Engraving of Brillat-Savarin on wall

- Feraghan rug

- Files

- Holbein reproduction on wall

- Keraghan rug

- Large 3' globe in a stand near the red leather chair

- Magazine & newspaper rack

- Mirror (4' x 6') in back of Archie’s desk

- Normally seats 8 people--4 on a couch

- Old-fashioned 2-ton safe

- Oriental alabaster bowl

- Picture of Sherlock Holmes on wall behind Archie’s desk

- Picture on wall hides an eaves dropping hole

- Red leather chair (aka Dunce’s chair) is reserved for the most important visitor; called Dunce

  chair by Archie after Wolfe made a dunce of district attorney Fletcher Anderson in Fer-de-

  Lance

- Small Massaranduba wood stand near red leather chair

- Tape recorder rarely used

- TV & radio

- Wall maps

- Wall pictures: Coal miner; Shakespeare by Jepeshy; Socrates

- Wall safe located behind a picture

- Wolfe’s large wooden desk is located in corner by window

- Yellow chair is to Archie’s right hand (near globe); it faces Wolfe

- Yellow couch & drapes

 

POOL ROOM: (Click to View)

- Big chair on a platform (for Wolfe when he watches Archie & others shoot pool)

- Full-size pool table

- Located in basement

 

SOUTH ROOM: (Click to View)

- Guest bedroom located on 3rd floor--above Wolfe’s bedroom; Left-hand side from elevator

- Can listen to sounds in this room from a bug located in the kitchen cupboard

- Twin beds

 

STORE ROOM: (Click to View)

- Located in basement near Fritz Brenner's room; contains old couch

 

WOLFE’S BEDROOM: (Click to View)
    (Click to View: Wolfe Bedroom; Wolfe Floor Plan)

- Bed has yellow sheets & black silk coverlet

- Gong alarm (door & floor areas) was installed because someone once stabbed Wolfe while he 

  was in bed; alarm sounds in Archie’s room (under his bed)

- Located on 2nd floor--below the South bedroom

- Small table & reading lamp

- Tapestry chair