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Robert Gerald Goldsborough

Born: 1937 in Chicago, Illinois
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Robert is a lifelong Chicagoan.

Biography: 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.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Mystery

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Robert Goldsborough on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

A Death in Pilsen /
ISBN: 1590805313 OCLC: 176630487

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.

  Fade to black /
ISBN: 0553292641 OCLC: 24434313

Bantam Books, New York : 1991, ©1990.

  Murder in E minor :
ISBN: 0553051237 OCLC: 12942210

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.

Shadow of the bomb :
ISBN: 1590803515 OCLC: 71366244

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.

Silver spire /
ISBN: 0553563874 OCLC: 29593504

Bantam Books, New York : 1994, ©1992.

The bloodied ivy /
ISBN: 0553278169 OCLC: 20659349

Bantam, New York : 1989, ©1988.

  The last coincidence /
ISBN: 0553286161 OCLC: 22411628

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.

The missing chapter /
ISBN: 0553568744 OCLC: 31722538

Bantam, New York, NY : 1994.

Three strikes you're dead /
ISBN: 1590804244 OCLC: 60249628

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.