The Julius Katz Collection
Dave Zeltserman, author
The award-winning Julius Katz stories have delighted mystery fans since first appearing on the pages of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine in 2009. JULIUS KATZ introduced readers to Boston's most brilliant, eccentric, and possibly laziest detective, as well as his sidekick, Archie, a tiny marvel of whizbang computer technology with the heart and soul of a hard-boiled PI. The Julius Katz Collection contains six stories that were previously published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and an original novella, Julius Katz and the Case of a Sliced Ham.
In this fresh and funny collection, Zeltserman (The Interloper) offers seven old-school puzzle stories that follow the exploits of Boston PI Julius Katz, who bears many similarities to Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe, while Wolfe’s singular secretary, Archie, appears here, as Ed Gorman notes in the foreword, as a compact piece of artificial intelligence. It is Archie who lifts these tales into a higher dimension. As he says of himself, “What I am is a two-inch rectangular-shaped piece of space-aged computer technology that’s twenty years more advanced than what’s currently considered theoretically possible.... Julius wore me as a tie clip.” The Shamus Award–winning “Julius Katz,” about an inheritance case, introduces readers to the duo and their methods. “Archie’s Been Framed” provides an original look at the problems of online dating. “Archie Solves the Case” lets the reader in on Archie’s never-ending attempt to refine his neural network, so that he might “someday beat Julius to the punch in solving a case.” There’s good fun to be had along with the brainteasers in this sprightly volume. (BookLife)