NYC Metro Summer Event
Special Book Discussion
Arnold Zeck and Other Master Criminal Villains

Monday, July 27, 2015, 7:00 PM

PLAYWRIGHT TAVERN
202 W. 49 St., 3rd fl. (Betw. Broadway & 7th Ave)
212 262-9229
Order from the menu / separate checks / RSVP not needed / (sorry 3rd floor/stairs only)

ARNOLD ZECK – How does he measure up against other CRIMINAL MASTERMINDS? Revisit Rex Stout's three novels featuring Nero Wolfe’s nemesis, Arnold Zeck -- And Be a Villain (1948), The Second Confession (1949), and In the Best Families (1950).  Take part in a lively discussion of Zeck and compare him with other fictional baddies such as Professor James Moriarty (Sherlock Holmes), Lord Voldemort (Harry Potter), Ernst Stavro Blofeld (James Bond), Palpatine (Star Wars), Lex Luthor (Superman), Dr. Fu-Manchu, Sauron (Lord of the Rings), Richard III (NB: Stout was a fan of Josephine Tey’s Daughter of Time), The Wicked Witch of the West, etc. Pick a serial villain (appearance in more than one work recommended) and come prepared to discuss him/her and Arnold Zeck!

The anthology collection Triple Zeck, which reprints all three of the Arnold Zeck novels in a single hardcover volume, is available for $1.99 on bn.com, under $5 on abebooks.com, and under $15 on amazon.com.

Bonus feature:  Following our discussion of Arnold Zeck, the Werowance of The Wolfe Pack, Ira Matetsky, will briefly discuss some of Rex Stout’s earliest stories, which are now available for the very first time since they originally appeared 100 years ago.  Copies of the new Rex Stout collection, The Last Drive and Other Stories, will be available for perusal or purchase.  All proceeds of sales of this book at Wolfe Pack events are being donated to the Wolfe Pack.


Upcoming Book Discussions:

  • NYC
  • Baltimore
  • Acton, MA
  • Hartford, CT
  • Wolfe Pack Facebook Page (online discussion)

See the Book Discussion Page or Calendar for the schedules. For information on starting a local Wolfe Pack Book Discussion Group (a raceme) read the Raceme Page and then send us an e-mail.

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Wanted immediately
Testers/Reviewers for newly designed Nero Wolfe web site.

Applicants are welcome to be capable of easy and normal movement. Knowledge of metalwork, technology, computers, etc. is not required. No lucrative commission available, but the very best regards and wishes of the Wolfe Pack will be tendered.

Herre it is -- the newly designed web site. It has taken a few hundred hours and a few dozen weeks to enable all the pages display optimally on devices of various sizes:

  • Smart TVs (36” to 72+” screens)
  • Desktop PC monitors
  • Laptop/Portable screens
  • I-Pads, tablets, phablets (Android, Apple, etc.)
  • Smart Phones & I-Phones

All pages in each section have been electronically spell­checked and checked for broken links, BUT NOT electronically checked for broken links to external pages, grammatical errors, etc. Most content has not been modified, only reformatted.

At a minimum, all sections need to be displayed on the display of a range of device types by human eyes/brains. Each page must be:

  • opened
  • scrolled through
  • at least one link (preferably all links) on the page clicked to display linked page

  • Optimally, each page should be read carefully

Testers must create a running list of suggestions, corrections, ideas, and comments regarding each page that they will send to: webmaster@nerowolfe.org and specify:

  1. which device(S) you have used
  2. which pages

We hope you will jump right in and help us (and discover loads of fun information about our favorite fatty).

The Last Drive And Other Stories

by Rex Stout
Edited by Ira Brad Matetsky

A collection of Rex Stout stories never before available in book form

The Last Drive & Other StoriesPublished nearly a century ago, “The Last Drive,” the story that inspired Fer-de-lance, the first Nero Wolfe novel, is clever, charming, and absolutely baffling. In short, it is vintage Rex Stout. Never before published in book form, it and the other stories in this volume represent the early efforts of a modern genius.

When Colonel Phillips begins his final game of golf, his greatest problem in life is that he has begun to slice the ball. Playing with his nephews and lawyer, Phillips fights his way back into the game, and is on the verge of victory when he keels over. He clutches his chest, mumbles a few words, and is dead in minutes. The club physician has no doubt: the Colonel was poisoned. Finding the killer falls to the President of the club, amateur detective Canby Rankin, who will do whatever it takes to find the killer on the links.

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Book of Spies Gayle Lynds' The Book of Spies was a Nero Finalist. A former museum curator and a retired military spy must find the long-lost Library of Gold, whose last known owner was Ivan the Terrible. Please visit Gayle at www.GayleLynds.com


Dolled Up for MurderBlood Rubies, Jane Cleland's ninth book in the much-loved Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery Series, is a tale of Fabregé eggs, antique snow globes, and obsession—and a cat named Hank. Visit Jane's web site!


Archie Goodwin FilesMarvin Kaye has edited a number of anthologies. These two tributes, The Nero Wolfe Files and The Archie Goodwin Files are anthologies of the best of The Wolfe Pack's Gazette articles. They can be purchased on Amazon.


Green Eyed LadyThe year is 1936. Charles "Lucky" Luciano is the most powerful gangster in America. Thomas E. Dewey is an ambitious young prosecutor hired to bring him down, and Cokey Flo Brown--grifter, heroin addict, and sometimes prostitute--is the witness who claims she can do it. Visit Chuck's site.


The Whole She-BangJanet Costello compiled this collection of 24 stories by members of Sisters in Crime Canada. Some are set in far flung locations, but most of them are set in Canada from Vancouver Island to the Arctic, Ontario to Alberta! They include settings and themes that are 100% current while others are drawn from the pages of history. They are traditional and noir, serious and funny, and they will keep you turning the pages.


Mysterious WaysFrom the pen of New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole, comes Mysterious Ways, featuring occultist Merlin Bloodstone and his skeptical assistant. Highly reminiscent of the Nero Wolfe mysteries by Rex Stout.


Reduced CircumstancesVincent O'Neil's latest mystery features playwright Jack Glynn in a new mystery theater-themed series. Visit Vincenet's site.

Matthew & Prison of SoulsMatthew Livingston is the teenage detective created by Marco Conelli in The Prison of Souls. Visit Marco's site.

Also take a peek at his great Nero Wolfe Corpus Ornament Collection.


Bottle to the DeathA Bottle to the Death is the second novel in the Peyton Knowles detective series. When the owner of Joplin's Saloon is found bludgeoned in the storeroom, all clues point toward Joey Hudson, the bar manager. But when Joey's friend Charlie Lowman involves Peyton Knowles in the case, it's not long before things are not quite what they seem. For more information see Michael Hogan's facebook page.


The Spies from PrincetonIn Guy K. Stewart's A Glassful of Lies, Stone and his two assistants. Lucas Carlyle and Stacia Clarke, are asked to investigate the death of a patron in a fashionable Miami restaurant, Le Moal, Stone's favorite and owned by Alberto Blucher, an old client and charming maitre d', and Walters Schmidt, his partner, the sommelier, an oily pretentious sort.


Julius Katz CollectionA brilliant, eccentric detective who loves food with an assistant named Archie. Sound familiar? It should, and it's obviously intentional. There are other similarities to Rex Stout's Nero Wolf series in these stories, including a masterful writing style. For more information visit David's web site.


Beyond the BridgeDermot Sparhawk, a former all-American football star at Boston College, returns in Beyond the Bridge, a prequel to Tom MacDonald's award-winning debut novel, The Charlestown Connection.


The Serial LoverAmanda Matetsky is the author of the Annie March and Paige Turner mysteries. Stop by Amanda's site to read all about 'em.




Rosewood's AshesAilleen Schumacher writes the Tory Travers /David Alverez series. Read more about Ailleen and her books on her web site.





Surviving without a Secretary Gazette editor, Jean Quinn (aka Lon Cohen), penned this book in the "Crisp Fifty-Minute Series."

Octavious BearMeet A daring jewel “theft” in a Chicago museum leads to a mass assassination attempt of the world's greatest genetic geniuses. Octavius Bear, a 9 foot, 1400 pound Kodiak and his sidekick, Maury Meerkat battle his foes Visit Harry DeMaio's website.


Papers of Sherlock HolmesDavid Marcum's The Papers of Sherlock Holmes (Vol. I & II) contains nine new Sherlock Holmes stories, and Vol. II (shown here) has valuable information regarding Nero Wolfe as a boy and young adult, beginning when he is eleven years old in 1903.


Fatal DeedsFatal Deeds, featuring Korean War vet, Augustus M. Churchill, a PI in Concord, MA, is a suspense novel, laced with history, romance, local color, and humor. Best-selling author Andrew McAleer spins a genuine mystery - reminiscent in plot and character of the best of the Golden Age of Mystery. Visit his web page


Dying Hand to MouthMichael Hogan's new e-book, Dying Hand to Mouth. When billionaire philanthropist Theodore Pennington is poisoned at a benefit in his honor, it's up to detective Peyton Knowles and his assistant Charlie Lowman to sift through the clues, and, in the process, pull some skeletons from the closets of the Washington power elite!


For Fear of Elective King Read the rich account of a young nation's controversy and its meanings in Kathleen Bartoloni-Tuazon's For Fear of an Elective King.
Within weeks of the establishment of the new federal government based on the U.S. Constitution, the Senate and House of Representatives fell into dispute regarding how to address the president. Visit Kata's site!


Oblomov by Stephen PearlTranslation by member Stephen Pearl of the Russian classic by Ivan Aleksandrovich Goncharov. Awarded the AATSEEL (American Association of Teachers of Slavic and Eastern European Languages) Prize for the best book translation of 2008.


The Ninth Man-Brad CrowthersAward-winner Bruce DeSilva says 2010 Black Orchid Award winner Brad Crowther's debut novel is “… distinguished by pitch-perfect dialogue, a suspenseful plot, and a superb cast of characters ... Visit Brad's site.


Carrying OnCarrying On: A Somewhat Geriatric Love Affair
by member Emily Mikulewicz.