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A Family Affair by Rex Stout
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Mar 09, 2016

really liked it
bookshelves: detective-mystery
Read in February, 2010

This last Nero Wolfe is one of the best, a tribute to the professionalism and stamina of the eighty-seven year old man who wrote it. And, although I don't think Stout ever intended it as an official end to the series, it is a surprisingly moving and uncharacteristically melancholy work.

A waiter from Rusterman's is blown up inside Wolfe's brownstone, and Wolfe, outraged at the violation of his home, becomes his own client, determined to bring the murderer to justice. He does so, but not before he and Archie have to handle a difficult and disturbing matter that hits even closer to home than the murder itself.

Considering that this is the last Wolfe, I found the final words of the novel--unusual in themselves--extremely eerie. After the difficult matter has been dealt with, Wolfe says: "Will you bring brandy, Archie? And two glasses. If Fritz is up, bring him and three glasses. We will try to get some sleep."
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