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    • Many of the "cover art" pages have some truly interesting factoids, images of documents from the Rex Stout archives, etc.
  • Click here or scroll to the bottom of this page to see the key to magazine title abbreviations
  • Don't forget to stop by the Corpus Summary Page for more information and links.
  • Also see:
    • Foreign Printings page for listings of some foreign language printings. The images of cover scans of foreign printings are displayed on each title's page, not on the foreign printings page.
    • Rex Stout's own typed list of the languages in which Nero Wolfe stories had been printed through 1972.
    • Wikipedia.org for additional details of publication history and other data about each book.
    • the Anthologies Page for information on which of the novels and novellas are included in which anthology. They are also indicated in the Alternate Titles/Other Information column below (preceded by the phrase, "Also in:").

To enhance income generation, Mr. Stout, as Archie's agent, arranged for magazine publication of the novellas prior to their release in book format, and sometimes after publication as well. The names & dates of many magazine printings are noted below. In addition, we have some illustrations and covers from magazines. They are located on the page of cover art scans for the book publication for the novel or novella collection.

In addition, the Nero Wolfe saga was reprinted throughout the world and some foreign printings were "re-titled." We have listed those British titles that confound the collector and, where available, included, on the title's page cover art page, scans from overseas printings. Full priting history of each book and novella is documented on www.wikipedia.org (separate page for each book).

Chronological Listing  

Year Book Title Novella Title Abbr* Magazine Pub.** Alternate Titles/Anthology Printings
1934 Fer-de-Lance   FERD AM 1934: Nov. Mag. Pub.: Point of Death
Some Printings: Meet Nero Wolfe
Movie: Meet Nero Wolfe
Also in: Royal Flush (1965); A Nero Wolfe Casebook (1995)
1935 League of Frightened Men, The   LEAG Sep 1935: June 15, 22, 29;    
Jul 6, 13, 20
Mag. Pub.: Frightened Men, The
Also in The Nero Wolfe Omnibus (1944); Full House (1955)
1936 Rubber Band, The   BAND SEP 1936: Feb 28, Mar 6, 14, 21, 29; Apr 4 Hillman Printing: To Kill Again
Also in: Five of a Kind: The Third Nero Wolfe Omnibus (1961)
1937 Red Box, The   REDB AM 1936: Dec, 1937: Jan., Feb., Mar., Apr. (serialized in 5 issues) Mag. Pub.: Case of the Red Box, The
Also in The Nero Wolfe Omnibus (1944)
1938 Too Many Cooks   COOK AM 1938: Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug Also in: Kings Full of Aces (1969)
1939 Some Buried Caesar   CAES AM 1938: Dec Dell MapBack Printing: The Red Bull
Also in: All Aces: A Nero Wolfe Omnibus (1958)
1940 Over My Dead Body   OVER AM 1939: Sep  
1940 Where There's a Will   WILL AM 1940: May Mag. Pub. (abridged): Sisters in Trouble
1942 Black Orchids   BORC    
1942 Black Orchids Black Orchids orch AM 1941: Aug Mag. Pub.: Case of the Black Orchids, The
Mag. Pub.: Death Wears an Orchid
Also in: Nero Wolfe Primer (2002)
1942 Black Orchids Cordially Invited to Meet Death cord AM 1942: Apr Mag. Pub.: Invitation to Murder-- Do not confuse this with the novella entitled "Invitation To Murder" in Three Men Out -- the name was reused.
1944 Not Quite Dead Enough   NQDE    
1944 Not Quite Dead Enough Not Quite Dead Enough notq AM 1942: Dec  
1944 Not Quite Dead Enough Booby Trap trap AM 1944: Aug  
1946 Silent Speaker, The   SLNT   Also in: Seven Complete Nero Wolfe Novels (1983)
1947 Too Many Women   WOMN   Also in: All Aces: A Nero Wolfe Omnibus (1958)
1948 And Be A Villain   ANDB   British Title: More Deaths Than One
Also in: Full House (1955); Triple Zeck (1974); The First Rex Stout Omnibus (1975); Nero Wolfe Primer (2002)
1949 Second Confession, The   SCND   Also in: Triple Zeck (1974); The First Rex Stout Omnibus (1975)
1949 Trouble in Triplicate   TRUB    
1949 Trouble in Triplicate Before I Die befo AM 1947: Apr Also in: All Aces: A Nero Wolfe Omnibus (1958)
1949 Trouble in Triplicate Instead of Evidence inst AM 1946: May Mag. Pub.: Murder on Tuesday
Also in: All Aces: A Nero Wolfe Omnibus (1958)
1949 Trouble in Triplicate Help Wanted, Male help AM 1945: Jun Also in: All Aces: A Nero Wolfe Omnibus (1958)
1950 In the Best Families   BEST   British Title: Even in the Best Families
Also in: Five of a Kind: The Third Nero Wolfe Omnibus (1961); Triple Zeck (1974)
1950 Three Doors to Death   DETH    
1950 Three Doors to Death Man Alive mana AM 1947: Dec Also in: Five of a Kind: The Third Nero Wolfe Omnibus (1961)
1950 Three Doors to Death Door to Death door AM 1949: Jun Also in: Five of a Kind: The Third Nero Wolfe Omnibus (1961)
1950 Three Doors to Death Omit Flowers omit AM 1948: Nov Also in: Five of a Kind: The Third Nero Wolfe Omnibus (1961)
1951 Curtains for Three   CURT    
1951 Curtains for Three Bullet for One bult AM 1948: Jul Also in: Full House (1955)
1951 Curtains for Three Disguise for Murder disg AM 1950: Sep Mag. Pub.: Twisted Scarf, The
Mag. Pub.: Affair of the Twisted Scarf, The
Also in: Full House (1955)
1951 Curtains for Three Gun with Wings, The gunw AM 1949: Dec Also in: Full House (1955)
1951 Murder by the Book   MURD   Also in: Royal Flush (1965)
1952 Prisoner's Base   BASE   British Title: Out Goes She
1952 Triple Jeopardy   JEPD    
1952 Triple Jeopardy Squirt and the Monkey, The sqrt AM 1951: Aug Mag. Pub.: See No Evil (AM, Aug, 1951)
Mag. Pub.: Dazzle Dan Murder, The (EQMM, July 1966)
Also in: Kings Full of Aces (1969)
1952 Triple Jeopardy Cop Killer, The copk AM 1951: Feb Also in: Kings Full of Aces (1969)
1952 Triple Jeopardy) Home to Roost home AM 1952: Jan Mag. Pub.: Nero Wolfe and the Communist Killer
Mag. Pub.: Nero Wolfe Devises a Stratagem
Also in: Kings Full of Aces (1969)
1953 Golden Spiders, The   GOLD    
1954 Black Mountain, The   BLCK   Also in: Three Trumps (1973)
1954 Three Men Out   TOUT    
1954 Three Men Out Zero Clue, The zero AM 1953: Dec Mag. Pub.: Scared to Death
1954 Three Men Out This Won't Kill You this AM 1952: Sep Mag. Pub.: This Will Kill You
Mag. Pub.: World Series Murder
1954 Three Men Out Invitation to Murder invi AM 1953: Aug Mag. Pub.: Will to Murder
1955 Before Midnight   MIDN   Also in: Three Trumps (1973)
1956 Might As Well Be Dead   MIGHT   Also in: Three Aces (1971); Seven Complete Nero Wolfe Novels (1983); A Nero Wolfe Casebook (1995)
1956 Three Witnesses   WITN    
1956 Three Witnesses Die Like a Dog diel AM 1954: Dec Mag. Pub.: Dog in the Daytime, A
Mag. Pub.: Body in the Hall, The
Also in: Royal Flush (1965)
1956 Three Witnesses When A Man Murders when AM 1954: May Also in: Royal Flush (1965)
1956 Three Witnesses Next Witness, The next AM 1955: May Mag. Pub.: Last Witness, The
Also in: Royal Flush (1965)
1957 If Death Ever Slept   SLPT   Also in: Three Trumps (1973); Seven Complete Nero Wolfe Novels (1983)
1957 Three for the Chair   CHAI    
1957 Three for the Chair Window for Death, A wind AM 1956: May Mag. Pub.: Nero Wolfe and the Vanishing Clue
1957 Three for the Chair Too Many Detectives dets COLL 1956: Sep. 14  
1957 Three for the Chair Immune to Murder immu AM 1955: Nov Mag. Pub.: Will to Murder
1958 And Four to Go   FOUR   British Title: Crime and Again
1958 And Four to Go Murder is No Joke joke SEP 1958: Jun 21, 28; Jul 5 Mag. Pub.: Frame Up for Murder
(expanded version with alternate characterization; also reprinted in Death Times Three)
1958 And Four to Go Fourth of July Picnic july LOOK 1957: Jul 9
EQMM 1965: Aug
Mag. Pub.: The Fourth of July Picnic
Mag. Pub.: The Labor Union Murder
1958 And Four to Go Easter Parade east LOOK 1957: Apr 16 Mag. Pub.: Easter Parade Murder, The
1958 And Four to Go Christmas Party xmas COLL 1957: Jan. 4
EQMM 1965: Jan
Mag. Pub.: Christmas Party Murder, The
Mag. Pub.: Christmas Party-Murder, The
1958 Champagne for One   CHAM   Also in: Nero Wolfe Primer (2002); A Nero Wolfe Casebook (1995)
1959 Plot It Yourself   PLOT   British Title: Murder in Style
Also in: Kings Full of Aces (1969)
1960 Three at Wolfe's Door   TAWD    
1960 Three at Wolfe's Door Rodeo Murder, The rode ARG 1961: Jan Mag. Pub.: Penthouse Murder
Also in: Seven Complete Nero Wolfe Novels (1983)
1960 Three at Wolfe's Door Poison a la Carte pois EQMM 1968: April Also in: Seven Complete Nero Wolfe Novels (1983)
1960 Three at Wolfe's Door Method Three for Murder meth SEP 1960: Jan 30; Feb 6, 13 Also in: Seven Complete Nero Wolfe Novels (1983)
1960 Too Many Clients   CLIE   Also in: Three Aces (1971)
1961 Final Deduction, The   FINL   Also in: Three Aces (1971)
1962 Homicide Trinity   HOMI    
1962 Homicide Trinity Eeny, Meeny, Murder, Mo eeny EQMM 1962: Mar  
1962 Homicide Trinity Death of a Demon demn SEP 1961: June 10, 17, 24 Mag. Pub.: Gun Puzzle, The
1962 Homicide Trinity Counterfeit for Murder coun SEP 1961: Jan 14, 21, 28 Mag. Pub.: The Counterfeiter's Knife
(similar plot to Assault on a Brownstone in Death Time Three)
1962 Gambit   GAMB   Also in: Seven Complete Nero Wolfe Novels (1983)
1963 Mother Hunt, The   MAMA   Also in: A Nero Wolfe Casebook (1995)
1964 Trio for Blunt Instruments   TRIO    
1964 Trio for Blunt Instruments Murder is Corny corn EQMM 1978: Sep  
1964 Trio for Blunt Instruments Kill Now — Pay Later kill SEP 1961: Dec 9, 16, 23/30  
1964 Trio for Blunt Instruments Blood Will Tell bloo EQMM 1963: Dec  
1964 Right To Die, A   RGHT    
1965 Doorbell Rang, The   RANG   Also in: The First Rex Stout Omnibus (1975)
1966 Death of a Doxy   DOXY ARG 1967: Jan  
1968 Father Hunt, The   FATH    
1969 Death of a Dude   DUDE    
1973 Please Pass the Guilt   PASS   Also in: Seven Complete Nero Wolfe Novels (1983)
1975 Family Affair, A   FAMA   Also in: Seven Complete Nero Wolfe Novels (1983)
1977 Corsage (CORS) Bitter End bitt AM 1940: Nov  
1985 Death Times Three   TIME    
1985 Death Times Three Frame Up for Murder fram SEP 1958: June 21, 28; Jul 5 Murder is No Joke in And Four to Go (shortened version with alternate characterization)
1985 Death Times Three Bitter End bitt   re-working of Stout's Tecumseh Fox book, Bad for Business
1985 Death Times Three Assault on a Brownstone brwn   similar plot to Counterfeit for Murder

*    (Abbreviations in ALL CAPS = books; lower case = novella title.
These abbreviations are used throughout this site.)
**  Magazine Key: 
AM = AMERICAN MAGAZINE
ARG = ARGOSY MAGAZINE
LOOK = LOOK MAGAZINE
COLL = COLLIERS MAGAZINE
NW = NERO WOLFE MAGAZINE
EQMM = ELLERY QUEEN MYSTERY MAGAZINE
RS = REX STOUT MAGAZINE
SEP = SATURDAY EVENING POST