By Rex Stout
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When a bomb kills his favourite waiter from his favourite eating place, sedentary sleuth and gourmet Nero Wolfe is set to visit any size to discover the killer.
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However, Chandler’s style and view of the world was different from Hammett’s. Whereas Hammett’s protagonist, whether the Continental Op, Sam Spade (The Maltese Falcon), or Ned, the political fixer in The Glass Key, was essentially a nihilist determined just to survive a corrupt world, Chandler’s detective, whether he was called Dalmas, Mallory, Carmady, or Marlowe, was a more traditional hero figure who tried to make a difference—even if institutional corruption was endemic. Chandler’s hero was, as he pointed out in The Simple Art of Murder, “a man of honor” and “the best man in his world and a good enough man for any world” (Chandler 1973, 198).
Fisher’s one noncrime novel during this period, Destroyer, was published in 1941, and it depicted Americans fighting German and Japanese forces before the United States had entered World War II. However, it was his other 1941 novel, I Wake Up Screaming, that gave his career a major boost. Twentieth Century Fox immediately purchased the film rights, and filming began in August 1941, starring Victor Mature as a promoter accused of murdering his protégée. This early noir film starred Betty Grable in her first nonmusical role as the sister of the murdered woman.
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