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Julius Katz and Archie (Julius Katz Detective)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  91 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
The award-winning Julius Katz mysteries have delighted thousands of mystery fans since first appearing on the pages of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine in 2009, winning a Shamus, Derringer and Ellery Queen's Readers Choice Award . 'Julius Katz' introduced readers to Boston's most brilliant, eccentric and possibly laziest detective, Julius Katz, as well as his sidekick, ...more
Kindle Edition, 195 pages
Published (first published May 13th 2011)
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Wendy Hines
Jun 29, 2013 Wendy Hines rated it really liked it
A few months ago, I reviewed the short story of the Julius Katz novels - which were also printed in the Ellery Queen magazine. Dave has written another story, Julius Katz and Archie, and I couldn't wait to read it!

Julius Katz is a renowned private investigator who has some expensive habits. He only agrees to work when he needs the cash flow for his expensive poker habit or to acquire a rare wine for his cellar. Julius has a partner, Archie. Archie is a very small piece of computer technology tha
Jul 03, 2013 Josh rated it it was ok
Narrated by a futuristic piece of technology in Archie, a pint size super computer, JULIUS KATZ AND ARCHIE is a PI novel with a distinct likeness to the pulp whodunits of yesterday with some modern tech elements. Julius is an eccentric PI who takes cases for the simple purpose of providing himself with gambling money and enough cash to satisfy his lavish lifestyle and taste for fine wines. According to Archie (the space aged tech who gradually assumes a personality and comes off as more human ...more
May 19, 2011 Mxyzptlk rated it it was amazing
"First of all, Dave Zeltserman's short story double-feature "Julius Katz Mysteries" kick-starts this new series. If you aren't already familiar with Julius and Archie from these two stories originally published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, you will want to start there, and as a bonus you can get them both together for less than a buck. "Julius Katz and Archie" picks right up from where those two stories left off with Julius Katz's first full-length mystery. Certainly if you are a fan of the ...more
Nov 03, 2014 Elaine rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-series
The characters in this book are so stereotypical that it comes
across as satire, in addition to being a cracking good mystery.
The main character, P.I. Julius Katz, is definitely in the Nero Wolfe vein, other than not being portrayed as fat. The characters even include the stereotypical pudgy and curmudgeonly police detective who despises, but needs, the P.I.

His 'leg man,' Archie is a takeoff of Wolfe's Archie, with one important difference. Archie in the book is a computer that is so sophistica
Mary Ellen
May 14, 2014 Mary Ellen rated it it was amazing
What a fun book! Love the character , Archie. I purchased the audio book. Nick Hahn gave these characters personality and dimension. Kudos.
Elizabeth A.
Julius Katz is an unquestionably brilliant private investigator who lives and works in Boston. Unfortunately, he’s also unquestionably lazy, only working when his cash flow dips below the point of sustaining his healthy interests in fine wine, upscale dining, and gambling.

Julius Katz and Archie finds Julius hired by famous crime fiction author Kenneth Kingston to participate in a publicity stunt to help launch Kingston’s upcoming release, and hopefully boost severely lagging sales. The idea is t
Sue Jochens
Aug 13, 2016 Sue Jochens rated it really liked it
As a lover of all books old school detective, especially Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe series, I found Julius Katz and Archie to be a refreshing addition to the genre. Julius, like Nero is an armchair detective, preferring to use his intellect rather than beating the streets and roughing up suspects, Sam Spade style. His assistant is also named Archie, however this Archie is a free thinking, constantly neuron adjusting, computer chip worn as a tie clasp. The tales (there are more that I plan on getting ...more
Jan 17, 2014 Francis rated it liked it
Mixed feelings.

Ok, instead of Nero we get Julius and Archie is now a computer chip worn on Julius's tie, and Julius lives in Boston instead of the Bronx, (or was it Queens?). Julius is also slim and a martial arts expert and of course we are now in more modern times.

Problem was, the author is so true to Rex Stouts characters, dialogs, plotting etc., that I kept finding myself envisioning Wolfe in the Brownstone, fussing over his dinner, pursing his lips and impatiently waiting to get back to hi
Chris Birdy
Apr 17, 2016 Chris Birdy rated it it was amazing
This is a book Rex Stout would write if he were alive. It's the 21st century Nero Wolfe only his Archie is a miniaturized computer. A crime is committed and the suspects are brought to Julius Katz where they are questioned in his den. His backup team including Saul seem to be very similar to Nero Wolfe's. This was a fun read for those of us who loved the Nero Wolfe novels.
Jul 12, 2014 Adventure_chick rated it really liked it
I used to love reading Nero Wolfe novels so I was intrigued by Zeltserman's seeming homage to it. I did thoroughly enjoy this story on it's own but especially loved all the Wolfe references. Archie was a great character to learn about and I plan on reading more from this series.
Aug 02, 2012 John rated it it was amazing
Sort of a pastiche of Nero Wolfe with Julius Katz as Boston's most famous detective. His Archie is a sophisticated computer inside a tie clip....much better then it sounds. This is the first novel after a series of short stories. A two story collection is available also as a Kindle ebook.
Jan 15, 2013 Shelly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Vicky, Denise, Nero Wolfe Fans
Lots of fun! Felt like a modern Nero Wolfe, which I'm a fan of. Then I read Zeltserman's note in the back and guess what? HUGE Rex Stout fan/influence. Really enjoyed it and will be reading the others in the series.
Stephen Campbell
Dec 28, 2011 Stephen Campbell rated it it was amazing
If you've got a fondness for the Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin stories of Rex Stout you'll enjoy this clever take off on the concept.
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Author of the crime noir novel SMALL CRIMES named by NPR as the best crime and mystery novel of 2008, and by the Washington Post as one of the best novels of 2008, and made into a major film (to be released in 2017) starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Molly Parker, Gary Cole, Robert Forster, and Jacki Weaver. Shamus Award winner for JULIUS KATZ. Ellery Queen's Readers Choice Award winner for ARCHIE'S ...more
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