Rex Stout

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Rex Stout (December 1, 1886 – October 27, 1975) was an American author of detective fiction best known as the creator of the larger-than-life fictional detective Nero Wolfe.

Some Buried Caesar

  • Archie Goodwin, after Carolyn Pratt tells him Lily Rowan will ruin her brother, chapter 3:
    No man was ever taken to hell by a woman unless he already had a ticket in his pocket or at least had been fooling around with timetables.

Bad for Business

  • Dol Bonner, to her employee Amy Duncan, chapter 2:
    Bosh. I find a rival - but no, I won't flatter myself that Tecumseh Fox would consider himself a rival of Dol Bonner - I find an eminent detective in your apartment, and that alone is enough, without adding that he is concealed in your bedroom while I am discussing my business with you...

Death of a Doxy

  • Archie Goodwin, before stating one of the second kind, chapter 9:
    There are two kinds of statistics, the kind you look up and the kind you make up.

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