Series Information: Nero Wolfe
Rating: Weighted - 7.6 / Average - 7.5 of 10 (29 votes)
I'm Archie Goodwin—I do the leg work for Nero Wolfe. Wolfe is a genius, and you couldn't ask for a better boss, but he wouldn't step outside the front door himself to get the paper, unless maybe there was a rare new orchid he couldn't get any other way. There are three things Nero Wolfe likes as much as orchids: gourmet food, good beer, and using that outsized brain of his to solve the murder cases that keep us all in groceries here at the mansion. (I think maybe the thing he enjoys even more than the brainwork is calling the principals in a case into his office and making the guilty party sweat, resting his impressive bulk—Wolfe weighs a seventh of a ton, all of it intelligent—in a comfortable chair as he elucidates the mystery.) The mansion is an old brownstone on West Thirty-fifth Street in New York City, and there are four of us living here, a happy household: Wolfe, me, Fritz Brenner—Fritz is the chef, and a nice guy; he also keeps Wolfe's beer in stock for him—and Theodore Horstman, also a good guy, who takes care of the orchids. I might also mention the guys I count on to cover the leg work for me when I have to be elsewhere—Fred Durkin, Saul Panzer and Orrie Cather—but they're freelance investigators and don't live with us.
Unless it says otherwise, the synopses of Wolfe's cases on this site are secondhand, rewritten from various online review sources by someone who hasn't cracked any Wolfe mysteries recently enough to remember the details of 'em.