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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Robert Gerald Goldsborough  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Mystery

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1937 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Robert is a lifelong Chicagoan.

Biographical and Professional Information

Goldsborough is a journalist and was a reporter for the Associated Press and for the ''Chicago Tribune''. He was also the editor for ''Advertising Age''. Goldsborough had always been an avid reader of the Nero Wolfe stories. Through his life, he devoured all of the 70-plus Wolfe mysteries. After Rex Stout, the author of the Wolfe stories, passed, Robert started his quest to gain permission from Stout's estate to use the Nero Wolf characters and settings in a published work. He began writing an original Wolfe novel "Murder in E Minor" and then wrote six more Wolfe novels after that. Even though he enjoyed writing these books, Goldsborough longed to create his own characters, which he did in "Three Strikes You're Dead," set in the gang-ridden Chicago of the late 1930s and narrated by a Tribune police reporter.

Published Works

  • The Crain Adventure: The Making & Building of a Famiy Publishing Company, NTC Business Books, 1992
  • Three Strikes You’re Dead, 2005
  • Shadow of the Bomb, 2006
  • A Death in Pilsen, 2007Nero Wolf Series
  • Murder in E Minor, Bantam, 1986
  • Death on Deadline, Bantam, 1987
  • The Bloodied Ivy, Bantam, 1988
  • The Last Coincidence, Bantam, 1989
  • Fade to Black, Bantam, 1990
  • Silver Spire, Bantam, 1992
  • The Missing Chapter, Thorndike Press, 1994

Selected Titles At Your Library

Murder in E minor :
ISBN: 0553051237. OCLC Number:

Bantam,. Toronto ;. 1986.

Nero Wolfe agrees to investigate the murder of Milan Stevens, a celebrated conductor of the New York Symphony, and once a brave freedom fighter who saved Wolfe's life.

The bloodied ivy /
ISBN: 0553278169. OCLC Number:

Bantam,. New York :. 1989, ©1988.

Fade to black /
ISBN: 0553292641. OCLC Number:

Bantam Books,. New York :. 1991, ©1990.

The last coincidence /
ISBN: 0553286161. OCLC Number:

Bantam Books,. New York :. 1990, ©1989.

Archie's friend, Lilly Rowan, pleas for help when her niece is attacked by a vicious roisterer named Sparky Linville. But before Archie can intervene, Sparky is murdered.

Silver spire /
ISBN: 0553563874. OCLC Number:

Bantam Books,. New York :. 1994, ©1992.

The missing chapter /
ISBN: 0553568744. OCLC Number:

Bantam,. New York, NY :. 1994.

Three strikes you're dead /
ISBN: 1590804244. OCLC Number:

Echelon Press,. Memphis, Tenn. :. 2005.

In the shadowy metropolis that is 1938 Chicago, Steve Malek is a police reporter in a city gripped by the Kelly-Nash political machine and the post-Capone crime syndicate. In Malek's depression-era world, the Tribune is the largest of the town's fiercely competative daily papers. With the winds of change blowing in, Steve senses the story of a lifetime when a reform candidate for mayor is gunned down by an unknown assailant.

Shadow of the bomb :
ISBN: 1590803515. OCLC Number:

Echelon Press,. Laurel, MD :. ©2006.

Against the ominous backdrop of America's entry into World War II, scientists at the University of Chicago under Enrico Fermi labor feverishly on a secret weapon that promises to reverse the fortunes of battle. However, sinister forces are at work on the outwardly serene Gothic campus, resulting in violent deaths. While work grinds on in the shadowy catacombs beneath an abandoned football stadium -- work that will forever alter our world -- Chicago Tribune police reporter Steve Malek delves into the intrigue. Battling for an exclusive story and, ultimately, for his very life, Malek finds himself in the midst of history-in-the-making.

A Death in Pilsen /
ISBN: 1590805313. OCLC Number:

Echelon Press,. Laurel, MD :. ©2007.

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. Snap's rogue investigation takes him into the shadowy blue-collar saloon world of Pilsen, where he encounters a melange 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. Determined, Malek hires the city's best defense attorney for his cousin, 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.



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