Archie Says: On Locks and Listening

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: Suspenders with Tails

That’s one of the fine features of tailing; wherever the subject leads you, you will follow. I once spent four hours tagging a guy up and down Fifth and Madison Avenues, using all the tricks and dodges I knew, and learned later that he had been trying to find a pair of gray suspenders with a yellow stripe.— Rex Stout, The Final Deduction … [Read more...]

Words I Wish I’d Written: My Wife’s Room

I followed him out, along the hall, and into a room that one glance told me would suit my wife fine if I ever had a wife, which I probably wouldn’t because she would probably want that kind of room.— Rex Stout, The Final Deduction … [Read more...]