Nero Wolfe Was Big in the Annuls of Detective Stories

There’ve been literally hundreds of fictional detectives or private investigator (PI) characters written about, televised, and made into movies over the various. Nero Wolfe first showed up in print back in 1934 when author Rex Stout created him. A luxurious upper west side apartment in New York City was home base for Wolfe and he seldom left his home. An immigrant from the Balkans, Wolfe stated he was quite an adventurous youth who later became a gourmet with expensive taste who could afford luxury and became a recluse. An assistant, Archie Goodwin narrated cases as well as did most for this leg work solving predicaments.

Apparently Wolfe was obese as described by his assistant and narrator Archie Goodwin. He weighed in at one seventh of ton or 130 kilograms (around 300 pounds). Insisting on remaining house bound, Wolfe spreads order and justice within his society from the enclosed walls of his three story brownstone apartment, complete along with own private elevator. The theory to be a rather strange way to live but if you’re rich enough anything is just as possible.

One story line finds Nero Wolfe visiting his homeland, the Balkans, to seek out the murderer a good old dear friend since Marko Vukcic. This story has Wolfe undergoing rigorous physical activity while climbing in mountainous terrain. Amazingly he left his cherished domain and abandoned daily routines to avenge his friend’s death. But that’s the exception to the rule as Wolfe mostly stayed home and let his assistant do the tibia bone work. In spite of his limited lifestyle he remains a highly paid private!

Acting as chef and butler, Fritz also helps Wolfe pot and plant some of the thousands of orchids in the brownstone apartment. Mealtime can be an important part of Wolfe’s days and he insists on several courses including an appetizer, main course, a salad mixed with dressing and served tableside, followed by dessert and occasional. There was actually a cookbook printed containing a variety of the recipes mentioned associated with Rex Stout books and published in 1973, with brief excerpts from the story that referenced the container. Usually detective agency in delhi served meals to Wolfe on a rigorous schedule three times every and among his favorites were Shad roe, cooked in various ways. Reportedly Wolfe burned up a cookbook at one point because it requested the cook remove the rind or hide from ham before placing it right into a pot of lima chili.

It was a tossup but most likely Nero Wolfe preferred good meals over conversation and it showed. He also took a dim view of TV and music. There was a television at some point down in Fritz’s quarters in the basement and it proved handy in an episode titled The Doorbell Rang because eavesdroppers could not near conversation when the TV’s volume was up. Most likely Archie had a TV in his personal quarters as well. Just one of Wolfe’s most interesting idiosyncrasies may have been his obvious dislike for lady. He was never outright considered to be gay but he did seem to prefer the company of men.