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Story Information:
First Composed: 1974
First Published: 1975
Last Nero Wolfe story written by Rex Stout
Location: New York City
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Victim #1: Harvey H. Bassett
Murderer: Orrie Cather
Motive: Knew Cather was playing with his wife
Weapon: Smith & Wesson .38 pistol (in heart)
Client: None
Fee: None

Victim #2: Pierre Ducos
Murderer: Orrie Cather
Motive:Tried to blackmail Cather
Weapon: Bomb in cigar tube (explodes in face)
Client: Nero Wolfe
Fee: Regain his own and Archie's self-esteem

Victim #3: Lucile Ducos
Murderer: Orrie Cather
Motive: Tried to blackmail Cather
Weapon: Smith & Wesson .38 pistol (in stomach)
Client: None
Fee: None

Story Synopsis:
      Rex Stout's last Nero Wolfe mystery ends with more than one bang in this story. The portly protagonist endures seeing suspects outside of the office, the suspension of his detective license, and even arrest and detention--all because he refuses to let the police know that a "member of the family" is the culprit. Wolfe attempts to trace a suspected link to the Watergate scandal and triple murders. Archie Goodwin, Saul Panzer and Fred Durkin waylay the murderer as he is caught with a bomb intended for a fourth victim. Orrie commits suicide on Wolfe's stoop with a bomb while his one-time partners are inside discussing the bizarre case.
A Family Affair
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