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In his early teens, Robert Goldsborough began reading Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe mysteries. It was during his tenure with the Chicago Tribune that the paper printed the obituary of Rex Stout. On reading it, his mother lamented that "Now there won't be any more Nero Wolfe stories." "There might be one more," Goldsborough mused, and began writing an original Wolfe novel for his mother. As much as he enjoyed writing these books, Goldsborough longed to create his own characters, which he has done in Three Strikes You're Dead, set in the gang-ridden Chicago of the late 1930s and narrated by a Tribune police reporter.

Goldsborough, a lifelong Chicagoan who has logged 45 years as a writer and editor with the Tribune and with marketing journal Advertising Age, says it was "Probably inevitable that I would end up using a newspaperman as my protagonist."

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Rex Stout and Max Allan Collins


A Snap Malek Mystery

1946, the first post-World War II year, finds Tribune police reporter Snap Malek hip deep in a murder case. Someone has stabbed his cousin's British war bride to death in their Bohemian neighborhood home in Pilsen. As the prime suspect, the meek and self-effacing man is jailed, and Malek, convinced of his innocence, begins a dogged hunt for the murderer.

Snap’s rogue investigation takes him into the shadowy blue-collar saloon world of Pilsen, where he encounters a mélange of characters, including cynical and hard-bitten factory workers, a tragic war widow, and a former professional prizefighter–all "bar friends" of the murdered woman. Despite objections from the police, Malek presses on, incurring the anger of one of the bar’s habitués, and fighting for his life in a bare-knuckle slugfest in a Pilsen street.

Determined, Malek hires the city’s best defense attorney, encounters legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and deals with the traumatic emotional distraction of reporting on one of the nation’s worst-ever train wrecks that rocked the western Chicago suburb of Naperville. Finally, when Snap turns his attention back to the murder case, he finds multiple surprises and an unexpected and tragic resolution.

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Why I Write Historical Mysteries

I love history and always have–to the point where it became my college major. More specifically, I relish learning about the colorful and free-wheeling history of Chicago, which along with an assortment of its suburbs has been home for all of my seven decades.

After I concluded that I had written enough Nero…


Posted on February 27, 2008 at 2:31am — 2 Comments

Reality in Fiction

My interest in blending historical and fictional characters in a novel came with the reading of E.L. Doctorow's 1975 book Ragtime. In that panoramic story, which covered the first two decades of the 20th Century, Doctorow weaved a cornucopia of real people through his colorful tale.

Theodore Roosevelt, Booker T. Washington, Harry Houdini, J.P. Morgan, Henry Ford, Sigmund Freud, and famed architect Stanford White are among…


Posted on November 3, 2007 at 12:39am

Robert Goldsborough interviews Max Allan Collins

If Max Allan Collins is not the most productive writer in the mystery and suspense field, I would be hard-pressed to find another nominee. He has written more than 80 novels, many of them components of seven different series. His works include his 14 highly acclaimed Nate Heller books, the CSI series, and the New York Times bestseller "Saving Private Ryan."

In addition, he has been a scripter of the "Dick Tracy" comic strip, and his graphic novel "Road…


Posted on April 10, 2007 at 8:23am — 2 Comments

Goldsborough's Review of IMPULSE

IMPULSE by Frederick Ramsay. Poisoned Pen Press 2006, 245 pages, $14.95

Private boys’ schools have supplied rich fodder for novelists over the years. Witness Charles Dickens and the horrors of a 19th Century British school in “Nicholas Nickleby.” Witness “The Catcher in the Rye,” J.D. Salinger’s classic 1951 tale of Holden Caulfield, an abysmally unhappy and conflicted student in the process of leaving an eastern boys school. Witness John Knowles and his…


Posted on March 26, 2007 at 8:16am

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At 2:18am on April 14, 2008, carole gill said…
love what you write!
At 1:09pm on April 14, 2007, Sylvia Hubbard said…
i know i'm late, but thanks for the add, Robert.

sending hugs from Detroit!!!
At 9:26am on April 14, 2007, Michael W. Sherer said…
Belated thanks for the invite, Bob. Say hi to all the MWA-Midwest folks.
At 12:20pm on April 12, 2007, Dennis Leppanen said…
Thanks, Bob

I love to read 'stuff' that is new and recommended to me. Thanks again.
At 7:04am on April 10, 2007, Jeri Westerson said…
Thanks for the "friending" (sounds like a Stephen King novel). Nice to be in such good company.
At 12:12pm on April 7, 2007, Larry W. Chavis said…
Many thanks (belatedly) for stopping by my page. I appreciate the friendly invitation.
At 3:49am on April 7, 2007, Robert Goldsborough said…
You should be able to order it at any bookstore, the one in the mall is probably Waldenbooks? They should have no problem getting them. You can also ask you indy store to order it, and if all else fails, you can order it from So what are you reading right now?
At 4:11am on April 3, 2007, Dennis Leppanen said…
Hi Robert,

Where can I find? "Three Strikes You're Dead"---We have one bookstore in the mall---sigh. We are building a 'Books A Million.' but, but...
At 11:03am on March 30, 2007, Dick Lochte said…
Thanks for the invite, Robert.
Don't know if you remember, but way back there, you and I were a double bill on the Mystery Guild, you with one of your Nero novels and I with my second book, Laughing Dog.
At 10:25am on March 29, 2007, Jeff Sherratt said…
Hi Robert,

I just ordered "There Strikes You’re Dead." It will be here Friday, which will make for a pleasant weekend, I'm sure. After reading it I'll give you my feedback (for what it's worth) and stick a review on a few of the Internet booksellers' web sites. From what I read about the book, I expect it will rate five starts.

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