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  • 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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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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.
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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.
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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.
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By A Customer on Sept. 18 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The last book written by Stout and of course the last of Nero by the originator. The author was in his late 80's and it shows, but if you love Nero you have to read it.
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By Stewart Park on Nov. 29 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Classic Nero Wolfe: Lots of twists, conjectures then a finale at the Brownstone.
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