Julius Katz & Archie Smith
Created by Dave Zeltserman
Which he does.
But he's also almost certainly the laziest, much preferring the drinking of wine to the actual working of a case, and when you get right down to it, he's pretty much a fraud. He owes a good chunk of his reputation -- and his solution rate -- to Archie, a super-smart tiny microcomputer doodad with a mind of its own; a two-inch piece of advanced technology that Julius wears as a tiepin."
For some reason, Archie thinks he's a hard-boiled gumshoe with a biting wit and no patience for his employer's many character faults, serving as not just Julius' ever-present database but as his conscience; prodding him to action and constantly on his case about doing the right thing.
It's a clever spin on Nero Wolfe/Archie Goodwin schtick and the series has been a fan favourite since the first story, "Julius Katz," appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine in 2009 and promptly nabbed a Shamus Award for best story from the Private Eye Writers of America, and a Derringer Award for best novelette from the Short Mystery Fiction Society. The sequel, "Archie's Been Framed," won Ellery Queen's Readers Choice Award.
For those who think the premise is ridiculous, consider that before turning to writing crime fiction full-time, the author spent twenty years developing network management software for several of the world's leading technology companies. He's also the creator of private eye Johnny Lane, and has won acclaim and numerous awards for his crime fiction, including his "Man Out of Prison" trilogy.
Collects the first two stories.
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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