Friday, July 24, 2009
I've got the lead story in the Sept/Oct issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, available at newsstands next week. Actually, since my story "Julius Katz" weighs in at 18,000 words, I've really got the lead novella. "Julius Katz" is my tribute to Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe, which has always been one of my favorites. In my version the Archie Goodwin character is a 4 inch piece of space age technology (and worn as a tie clip) who is constantly trying to modify his neuron network so he can beat Julius Katz to the punch in solving a murder. Julius is the brilliant Nero Wolfe-like detective, although in his case while an epicurean, he's a wine enthusiast, man about town, and very fit martial arts expert. The best way to describe this story is charming. Don't believe me? Check it out!