Published posthumously in December, 1985, by Bantam books. A strange collection of "alternative" stories, most interesting to the truly dedicated fan
First published in the November 1940 issue of The American Magazine, and then in book form in the posthumous publication, 1977's Corsage: A Bouquet of Rex Stout and Nero Wolfe by J. A. Rock & Co. Before its publication as a Wolfe novella, "Bitter End" was a Tecumseh Fox novel, Bad for Business. Stout converted BFB into a Wolfe novella at the request of The American Magazine. He had curtailed his Wolfe output to concentrate his efforts on various war-related (or propaganda) activities, so the re-write was a quick way make a sale. Reading the two stories back to back demonstrates the vast superiority of the Wolfe stories to those featuring Tecumseh Fox... Opens with Wolfe's evil experience with a poisoned jar of Tingley's Tidbits.
"Frame Up for Murder:" Published in The Saturday Evening Post, in three installments, on June 21, June 28, and July 5, 1958. An expanded version of "Murder is No Joke," written expressly for publication in TSEP, with Flora Gallant substantially younger and sexier than in the original. Neither story impressed me particularly, and the two are virtually identical in plot.
Assault on a Brownstone: The vastly inferior original for "Counterfeit for Murder," one of my favorite stories. In "Assault on a Brownstone," the wonderful character of Hattie Annis is killed off in a hit-and-run within the first few pages, and Tammy Baxter is played up as a romantic lead. [Winnifred Louis]
review source: nerowolfe.org