Sunday, October 11, 2009



REX STOUT and ADAMIC were Friends
And frequent Political Allies.

The Black Mountain (1954) Wolfe's best friend Marko Vukcic is murdered by a Yugoslavian agent who has already made his escape from New York. Wolfe and Archie are therefore obliged to clandestinely go to Yugoslavia in order to avenge his death which means bringing the killer back to American justice.

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Plagued by failing health, he is believed to have shot himself at his residence in Milford, New Jersey. He died at a time of political tension and intrigue in Yugoslavia, and there was press speculation in America that his death might have been an assassination by some Balkan faction, but no definitive proof of this theory has ever surfaced.

According to John McAleer's Edgar Award-winning Rex Stout: A Biography (1977), it was the influence of Adamic that led Rex Stout to make his fictional detective Nero Wolfe a native of Montenegro, in what was then Yugoslavia. (Wolfe's origins were murky in the early novels.) Stout and Adamic were friends and frequent political allies, and Stout expressed uncertainty to McAleer about the circumstances of Adamic's death. In any case, the demise inspired Stout's novel The Black Mountain, in which Nero Wolfe returns to his homeland to hunt down the killers of an old friend. Rex Stout, full name Rex Todhunter Stout, (December 1, 1886 - October 27, 1975) was an American writer best known as the creator of the larger-than-life fictional detective Nero Wolfe. ... Bitter End a?” Carl Mueller illustrated Rex Stouts Nero Wolfe novella for The American Magazine (November 1940) Nero Wolfe is a fictional detective, created by the American mystery writer Rex Stout, who made his debut in 1934. ... The Black Mountain is a Nero Wolfe mystery novel by Rex Stout, first published by Viking Press in 1954. ...

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『ザ・ブラック・マウンテン』The Black Mountain (1954)
ネロ・ウルフ (Nero Wolfe)
Tr: 西貝マリ (Mari Nishigai) Pb: しゅえっと(Chouette)
Co : 西貝マリ (Mari Nishigai) 1998/10/1

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1 comment:

Blair said...

This is a fascinating and helpful site. I only wish more of it were in English, since I don't know Japanese.
I am working on a book about my Slovenian American heritage, including a family connection to Louis Adamic. (My grandmother, born Mary Adamic, was said to have been a cousin. I am trying to track down the connection.)

Thank you for the work you are doing.

Blair Kilpatrick
California, USA