Rex Todhunter Stout's Fer-de-Lance introduced the soon-to-be iconic characters, elephantine sedentary deductive genius Nero Wolfe and his quick-thinking, glib amanuensis, Archie Goodwin, who narrates their investigations. Over the next four decades, until his death in 1975, he wrote, among other mysteries, 33 Nero Wolfe novels and 39 novellas.
“I started The Maltese Falcon on its way to you by express last Friday, the fourteenth. I’m fairly confident that it is the best thing I’ve done so far.”
—Dashiell Hammett’s June 16, 1929, letter to his editor at Alfred Knopf, Harry Block.
"The first book I remember choosing for myself was the first book in the Vicki Barr mystery series by Helen Wells, Silver Wings for Vicki."