Rex Stout (1886-1975) was an American author of detective fiction, most famous for his series featuring detective Nero Wolfe. Aside from his Nero Wolfe series (which fills up the lion’s share of his prolific bibliography), he wrote one other series called Tecumseh Fox, many standalone novels, several short story collections and even a Nero Wolfe cookbook. Rex’s narrative and dialogue were top-notch, giving his novels a certain re-readable quality.

Stout’s first novel was a standalone novel titled Her Forbidden Knight, published in 1913. He would continue writing standalones until he wrote the first Nero Wolfe novel, Fer-de-Lance, published in 1934. Below is a list of Rex Stout’s books in order of when they were originally published (and in chronological order):

Publication Order of Nero Wolfe by Rex Stout Books

Fer-de-Lance / Meet Nero Wolfe (1934)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The League of Frightened Men (1935)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Rubber Band / To Kill Again (1936)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Red Box / Case of the Red Box (1937)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Too Many Cooks (1938)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Some Buried Caesar / The Red Bull (1939)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Over My Dead Body (1940)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Where There's a Will (1940)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Black Orchids (1942)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Not Quite Dead Enough (1944)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Silent Speaker (1946)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Too Many Women (1947)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
And Be a Villain / More Deaths Than One (1948)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Trouble in Triplicate (1949)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Second Confession (1949)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Even in the Best Families / In the Best Families (1950)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Three Doors to Death / Door to Death (1950)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Curtains for Three (1951)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder by the Book (1951)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Prisoner's Base / Out She Goes (1952)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Triple Jeopardy (1952)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Golden Spiders (1953)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Black Mountain (1954)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Three Men Out (1954)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Before Midnight (1955)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Might as Well Be Dead (1956)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Three Witnesses (1956)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
If Death Ever Slept (1957)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Three for the Chair (1957)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
And Four to Go / Crime and Again (1958)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Champagne for One (1958)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Plot it Yourself / Murder in Style (1959)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Three at Wolfe's Door (1960)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Too Many Clients (1960)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Final Deduction (1961)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Homicide Trinity (1962)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Gambit (1962)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Mother Hunt (1963)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Trio for Blunt Instruments (1964)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Right to Die (1964)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Doorbell Rang (1965)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Doxy (1966)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Father Hunt (1968)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Dude (1969)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Please Pass The Guilt (1973)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Family Affair (1975)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death Times Three (1985)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Nero Wolfe Short Stories/Novellas

Bitter End (1997)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Booby Trap (2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cordially Invited to Meet Death (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Tecumseh Fox Books

Double for Death (1939)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bad for Business (1940)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Broken Vase (1941)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Her Forbidden Knight (1913)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Under the Andes (1914)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Prize for Princes (1914)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Great Legend (1916)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
How Like a God (1929)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Seed on the Wind (1930)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Golden Remedy (1931)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Forest Fire (1933)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The President Vanishes (1934)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
O Careless Love! (1935)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Hand in the Glove / Crime on Her Hands (1937)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mr. Cinderella (1939)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Mountain Cat Murders / The Mountain Cat (1939)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Red Threads (1939)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Sound of Murder / Alphabet Hicks (1941)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Corsage (1977)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Justice Ends At Home and Other Stories (1977)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Target Practice (1997)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
An Officer and a Lady and Other Stories (2000)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Nero Wolfe Cookbook (1969)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Oxford Book of American Detective Stories(1996)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Century of Great Suspense Stories(2001)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: Fer-de-Lance was also published as Meet Nero Wolfe. The Rubber Band was also titled To Kill Again. The Red Box is also known as Case of the Red Box. Some Buried Caesar was also published as The Red Bull. And Be a Villain was also titled More Deaths Than One. Even in the Best Families was also titled In the Best Families. Three Doors to Death was also titled Door to Death. Prisoner’s Base was also titled Out She Goes. And Four to Go was also published as Crime And Again. Plot It Yourself is also known as Murder in Style. The Hand in the Glove is also known as Crime on Her Hands. Alphabet Hicks is also known as The Sound of Murder. The Mountain Cat was also titled The Mountain Cat Murders.

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One Response to “Order of Rex Stout Books”

  1. Disgruntled52: 4 years ago

    I do believe that “Even in the Best Families” (Rex Stout) is actually entitled “In the Best Families”.

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