Archie Says: Dying in Character

Detective

Breslow looked as if he had been born flushed with anger and would die, when the time came, in character.— Rex Stout, The Silent SpeakerI love Stout's descriptions of minor characters, as channeled by Archie Goodwin. … [Read more...]

Archie Says: On Locks and Listening

Detective

Archie Goodwin on locks and listening:It is always a temptation to monkey with locks, and one of the best ways to test ears is to enter someone’s castle uninvited and, while you are looking here and there for something interesting, listen for footsteps on the stairs or the sound of an elevator. If you don’t hear them in time your hearing is defective, and you should try some other line of work when you are out and around again.— Rex Stout, Champagne for OneArchie is, of course, the l … [Read more...]

Words I Wish I’d Written: FBI Man

You don’t have to believe me, but I would have known after one look at him, even if Fritz hadn’t told me. It’s mostly the eyes and the jaw. An FBI man spends so much time pretending he’s looking somewhere else that his eyes get confused; they’re never quite sure it’s okay to admit they’re focused on you. His jaw is even worse off. It is given to understand that it belongs to a man who is intrepid, daring, dauntless, cool, long-headed, quick-witted, and hard as nails, but it is cautioned that he i … [Read more...]

Words I Wish I’d Written: Vulgar Language

She pronounced a word which she should have kept to herself, since there was a lady present.— Rex Stout, Death of a Doxy … [Read more...]


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