Published posthumously in December, 1985 by Bantam books. A strange collection of "alternative" stories, most interesting to the truly dedicated fan.
First published in the November 1940 issue of The American Magazine
, and then in book form in the posthumous publication, 1977's Corsage: A Bouquet of Rex Stout and Nero Wolfe
by J. A. Rock & Co. Before its publication as a Wolfe story, Bitter End
was a Tecumseh Fox novel, Bad for Business
into a Wolfe novella at the request of The American Magazine.
He had curtailed his Wolfe output to concentrate his efforts on various war-related (or propaganda) activities, so the re-write was a quick way make a sale. Reading the two stories back to back demonstrates the vast superiority of the Wolfe stories to those featuring Tecumseh Fox... Opens with Wolfe's evil experience with a poisoned jar of Tingley's Tidbits.
Frame Up for Murder:
Published in The Saturday Evening Post
, in three installments, on June 21, June 28, and July 5, 1958. An expanded version of Murder is No Joke
, written expressly for publication in TSEP
, with Flora Gallant substantially younger and sexier than in the original. Neither story impressed me particularly, and the two are virtually identical in plot.
Assault on a Brownstone:
The vastly inferior original for Counterfeit for Murder
, one of my favorite stories. In Assault on a Brownstone
, the wonderful character of Hattie Annis is killed off in a hit-and-run within the first few pages, and Tammy Baxter is played up as a romantic lead. [Winnifred Louis]