David Bordwell at CrimeReads has written an excellent overview of Rex Stout and his long-running detective/mystery series featuring Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin.
Wolfe was a 285 pound genius who leaves his brownstone home only in the most extreme emergencies. He “breeds orchids, reads, drinks vast quantities of beer, and dines on meals of rare delicacy.” To support his life’s luxuries, Wolfe works as a private detective. Since he detests venturing away from his sanctum, Archie Goodwin serves as Wolfe’s assistant. “Slender and strong, reasonably handsome, Archie is attractive to and attracted by women of many ages… Archie fetches clients, witnesses, and suspects to meetings.”
I am a, pardon the pun, huge fan of Nero Wolfe mysteries. If you are as well, check out David Bordwell’s “HOLMES AND WATSON IN MANHATTAN”: MUSINGS ON THE CREATION OF NERO WOLFE AND ARCHIE GOODWIN. If you’re not a fan, give the piece a look as well. You might become one.