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Andrea K Höst

Australian writer of science fiction and fantasy.
A Family Affair - Rex Stout The last of the Nero Wolfe books, published after Rex Stout's death. Although the mystery itself is not compelling, lacking as we are a client to outwit, it is a suitable book to go out on, ending something, but also including a statement of continuance. It also shines a pleasing spotlight on Archie and Lily Rowan's relationship.Stout deliberately did not age his characters, and apparently wished that they can go on forever - a nice change from the Reichenbach Falls solution! - and "A Family Affair" sends them onward settled in their own time zone.Absolutely not a book to start reading Wolfe - it requires a good grounding in Wolfe's world to have any measure of appreciation for what happens in this volume.