By Rex Stout
Unique booklet: 1975
When a bomb kills his favourite waiter from his favourite eating place, sedentary sleuth and connoisseur Nero Wolfe is decided to visit any size to discover the killer.
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Extra info for A Family Affair (Nero Wolfe, Book 46)
In Silverman 30). Ranciére asserts that the dominant fiction consists of images and stories—such as film, fiction, popular culture, and other forms of mass representation— THE MYTHS OF MASCULINITY 31 through which society figures a consensus and upon which both society and its popular culture draw. Thus, the dominant fiction can shape society as it is recycled through society and its popular culture and is eventually cemented into a seemingly natural meaning. Mainstream film tends not to be radical; rather than challenging the dominant fiction of American society, Hollywood film tends to aid in its persistence through narratives that focus on lone, white, male heroes who perform heroism successfully—including the detective film.
That said, one of the aims of this study is to problematize the notion of genre in terms of looking for a category that can contain a wide variety of films over a long period of time. Narratives that contain the preceding list of conventions—a crime, a mystery, and a detective—can all be seen as falling under the umbrella of the detective genre; however, the detective genre has undergone many cycles of development over the decades, and each cycle of films can be seen, more or less, as an autonomous subgenre or trend—films that have much more in common with other kinds of film from that social moment than with detective films from another decade.
There is a contradiction in America’s democratic and egalitarian traditions with the belief in personal achievement while simultaneously supporting conformity. The tradition of toughness in American society is most obvious in the heroes of popular culture that are constructed as ideals of hypermasculinity; nevertheless, just as there are contradictions within the tradition of toughness, so too are there contradictions in the construction of heroes. The hero of the detective genre struggles between the two opposing forces of social conformity and independence; he must assert his independence as a hero while working within the boundaries of the law and often within the bureaucracy of a law-enforcement institution like the police force or the FBI.
A Family Affair (Nero Wolfe, Book 46) by Rex Stout