Auto boutiques-francophones Simple and secure cloud storage Cyber Monday Deals Week in Home & Kitchen giftguide Kindle Music Deals Store SGG Countdown to Cyber Monday in Lawn & Garden
FAMILY AFFAIR (A Nero Wolfe Mystery) and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy Used
CDN$ 7.21
+ CDN$ 6.49 shipping
Used: Good | Details
Sold by bwbuk_ltd
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. 100% Money Back Guarantee. Your purchase also supports literacy charities.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

A family affair Hardcover

6 customer reviews

See all 13 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
CDN$ 7.21

Cyber Monday Deals Week in Books

No Kindle device required. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.

Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: G. K. Hall
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816165610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816165612
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  •  Would you like to update product info, give feedback on images, or tell us about a lower price?

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most helpful customer reviews

Format: Mass Market Paperback
I didn't see in this book that characters were out of character or that the plot or whatnot had problems. Archie is his usual capable smartass self, and Wolfe's diction and grammar remain laser-precise (to use a metaphor he would scorn). The difference from the other novels is that this one has a somber note, and it sounded from Stout's deep disappointment with Watergate. (Wolfe fans know of his respect for words: "somber" goes back to a near-identical French word that means "grave.") Stout was thinking about issues of patriotism and betrayal when he penned this novel, and it shows. It should. Nixon was given control of the ship of state, and while steering it he indulged in wrecklessness and flummery.
Wolfe does break some of his cherished rules; but can't we allow him to in Archie's last report of his doings? And he breaks them because the case is "a family affair." His self-esteem, as large as his fabled seventh of a ton, has been tweaked. A murder has happened in his own home--and, twice as indigestible, the victim is mighty Nero's own waiter at Rusterman's. He requires satisfaction and will halt his planetary momentum at nothing--not even jail time--to get it.
Being a male chauvinist lookalike, as Saul Panzer would have it (and not just a lookalike, unfortunately), Archie's machismo could never allow him to comment at length on how he felt about where the investigation led. His lapses say it for him. A question implicit in what he and Wolfe discover is: how does one come to terms with finding betrayal where one expected sincerity? It can be an anguishing question, and the stylish solution devised by "the family" leaves behind it both a mystery solved but a lesson learned about the need to be critical of those who claim to uphold the law of the land.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
By Richard Schwindt TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 6 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
There was a truth and integrity to Rex Stout that was reflected in his life and work, and nowhere is it more evident that in this; the final entry in a series written over almost 40 years. Someone is killing people known to Wolfe with a small explosive device. Wolfe, Archie and the trio of Saul, Fred and Orrie are brought in to assist. This book is dark and tautly written. That anyone wrote this is an achievement; that it was written by a man well into his eighties is remarkable. If your are a fan of Rex Stout, this is a must read. Perfect over brandy on a despairing winter afternoon.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
By A Customer on Oct. 7 1997
Format: Hardcover
For the die-hard Nero Wolfe fans. The last (original) novel about the over-fed, orchid-lover genius detective and his wise-cracking sidekick Archie. Sadly it looks like the Author was about to start killing the long living characters that populated his stories. Not his best effort, but his last so, a must for Nero fans.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse

Look for similar items by category