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A bidding war for his services interrupts Nero Wolfe's attempts to solve the case of the businessman who died in his love nest--a case in which the police seem oddly uninterested. Reissue....

Title : Too Many Clients
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ISBN : 9780553254235
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Number of Pages : 207 Pages
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Too Many Clients Reviews

  • Evgeny
    2019-05-05 13:09

    Nero Wolfe finances in the beginning of the novel:To make it worse, this guy is about to come:So Archie Goodwin tried to find a client:The result of his search? He found this many:The investigation led Archie to a millionaire's love nest: Sorry, I try to keep my review rated PG. Anyway, this is the brief synopsis of the novel with minimal spoilers. In the words of Archie himself, "When I go dig for the client, I really do my job well". So Wolfe's finances are saved, the culprit is brought to justice - Wolfe's style - and Wolfe's household got paid and became happy. The end. The main thought in my head during the reading was, "It is good to be a millionaire". Well, except for the murder part that is. Considering this book was first published in 1955 being a millionaire does not cut in anymore, but having billions is still as good as having millions was in the good old fifties. So in conclusion this book is on the level of practically all stories of the series which means highly entertaining with usual great character interaction and good mystery with surprising culprit.

  • BillKerwin
    2019-05-23 12:30

    Somebody shows up at Wolfe's identifying himself as Mr. Yaegar of Consolidated Plastics, and he wants Archie to follow him the next day and find out if he has a tail. The next day, Mr. Yaegar ends up dead, and--guess what?--it turns out that the guy who hired Archie is NOT Mr. Yaegar. Archie begins to investigate, and discovers that Yaegar, who was quite a ladies's man, rented an apartment decorated and equipped as--in Wolfe's words--a "bower of carnality." Archie lurks in the "bower" to see who shows up, and soon the suspects--and the prospective clients--begin to accumulate.This is a very good Wolfe adventure, satisfying to anyone who enjoys the series.

  • Cathy DuPont
    2019-04-29 14:16

    Too much going on around here (neighborhood, not house) for me to be reading a book that needs careful attention to details!So this book hit the spot. 135 pages and it takes me what? Five days to read??? So much for making a last run on my yearly reading challenge of 125. "To Many Clients" was 109, so needless to say, I will not make it again. :( (Hah! Setting my goal to one for next year!")This book would have been so much better had I read it like I normally read. It was a good storyline and I just think Archie is the greatest. I like him more every book. With that said, it's getting a fourth star because while I was preoccupied the entire time I read the book, it was still a good book.

  • First Second Books
    2019-05-24 07:04

    I love Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe books, mostly because Archie Goodwin is super-awesome as a narrator. I am 100% sure that I would never be able to put up with an orchid-loving, extreme foodie boss with an aversion to making money as well as he does!

  • Karl
    2019-05-17 08:23

    First of all the description of this edition is not correct. The book is copyrighted 1960 and states "First published in 1960 by the Viking Press Inc." Second the page count is incorrect as the book has 183 pages not 184.Nero Wolfe — The private investigatorArchie Goodwin — Wolfe's assistant, and the narrator of all Wolfe storiesThis book is different from any other Nero Wolf books I have ever read. Archie actually has encounters with women. Perhaps this was Rex Stout's attempt to broaden his horizons and join the swinging 60's. This would not be my choice for starting this series as the context would not be there. It would be best to start with Fer-de-Lance published in 1934. In fact the list of books is:Fer-de-Lance (1934)The League of Frightened Men (1935)The Rubber Band (1936)The Red Box (1937)Too Many Cooks (1938)Some Buried Caesar (1939)Over My Dead Body (1940)Where There's a Will (1940)Black Orchids (1942)Not Quite Dead Enough (1944)The Silent Speaker (1946)Too Many Women (1947)And Be A Villain (1948)The Second Confession (1949)Trouble in Triplicate (1949)Three Doors to Death (1950)In the Best Families (1950) Curtains for Three (1951)Murder by the Book (1951)Prisoner's Base (1952)Triple Jeopardy (1952) The Golden Spiders (1953)The Black Mountain (1954)Three Men Out (1954)Before Midnight (1955)Might As Well Be Dead (1956)Three Witnesses (1956)If Death Ever Slept (1957)Three for the Chair (1957)And Four to Go (1958)Champagne for One (1958)Plot It Yourself (1959)Three at Wolfe's Door (1960)Too Many Clients (1960)The Final Deduction (1961)Homicide Trinity (1962)Gambit (1962)The Mother Hunt (1963)A Right To Die (1964)The Doorbell Rang (1965)Trio for Blunt Instruments (1965)Death of a Doxy (1966)The Father Hunt (1968)Death of a Dude (1969)Please Pass the Guilt (1973)A Family Affair (1975)Death Times Three (1985)Fer-de-Lance (1934)The League of Frightened Men (1935)The Rubber Band (1936)The Red Box (1937)Too Many Cooks (1938)Some Buried Caesar (1939)Over My Dead Body (1940)Where There's a Will (1940)Black Orchids (1942)Not Quite Dead Enough (1944)The Silent Speaker (1946)Too Many Women (1947)And Be A Villain (1948)The Second Confession (1949)Trouble in Triplicate (1949)Three Doors to Death (1950)In the Best Families (1950) Curtains for Three (1951)Murder by the Book (1951)Prisoner's Base (1952)Triple Jeopardy (1952) The Golden Spiders (1953)The Black Mountain (1954)Three Men Out (1954)Before Midnight (1955)Might As Well Be Dead (1956)Three Witnesses (1956)If Death Ever Slept (1957)Three for the Chair (1957)And Four to Go (1958)Champagne for One (1958)Plot It Yourself (1959)Three at Wolfe's Door (1960)Too Many Clients (1960)The Final Deduction (1961)Homicide Trinity (1962)Gambit (1962)The Mother Hunt (1963)A Right To Die (1964)The Doorbell Rang (1965)Trio for Blunt Instruments (1965)Death of a Doxy (1966)The Father Hunt (1968)Death of a Dude (1969)Please Pass the Guilt (1973)A Family Affair (1975)Death Times Three (1985)

  • Erin L
    2019-05-01 07:19

    I love Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin. It's hard not to, they work so well together and reading the stories from Archie's point of view gives us such a good look into their world. I can't help but chuckle at his personality and the way he gives the reader information.I highly recommend these books to anyone who is looking for a classic mystery. So much fun. And the TV series was just fantastic.

  • Gary
    2019-05-06 13:11

    The thing about reading all an author's works from a series, in order, is that you can trace certain elements, given your interests, as they develop. In this novel, about three\fifths of the way through the Nero Wolfe stories, Archie has grown to be far more intelligent than he first was, and Wolfe's role has, at least temporarily, receded somewhat. I think that the reason for this is that having Archie take on a more perceptive aspect shifts more of the explication to him, which leaves Wolfe as the genius, still, but 1.) The reader gets to respect and know a more likable Archie, 2.) The weight of explication is spread more evenly across the pages, and 3.) The Wolfe/Goodwin relationship makes more sense. There is more, and my list is not meant to exhaustive, but one hopes that this sort of thought is not without interest to others.

  • ☯Emily
    2019-05-24 09:31

    Nero Wolfe's household is low on expenses, so Archie decides that Wolfe needs a client. He decides to take on a case himself which leads to "too many clients" as well as two murders. Rex Stout and Agatha Christie are two authors I go to for a quick and enjoyable read, especially after reading a lot of classics.

  • Jessica
    2019-05-24 07:04

    Back in the day (smile), mysteries focused only on the mystery--no sex and usually no violence. Stout is a classic mystery writer. If you love this type of book, his are must-reads.

  • Katie Bee
    2019-05-07 09:15

    This particular entry in the Wolfe books is almost all Archie. Archie gets the first nibble, Archie digs up the clients (so many of them!), Archie does all the hands-on detecting, and Archie basically puts it all together. There's not much Wolfe at all.Other than that, what's notable about this book is the sex-addict angle. Not only was the victim a sex addict and his bower an ode to all that was libertine, almost all of the suspects are sharers of his carnal pursuits. None of the women are presented in a good light, except Mrs. Perez and (to an extent) Maria. I'd rate it three stars except for the wife-beating subplot, which I found very uncomfortable. A man beats his wife black and blue for cheating on him, and Archie considers sending him champagne for doing it (!!) If one is extremely charitable, it could be read (from previous comments by the man) as the wife needing BDSM in her sex life, her husband being unable to provide it, her seeking it elsewhere, and him finally coming up to scratch to put their marriage back together. But I'm afraid it's really just the contrast between period morals and today's morals... I think Archie thinks the wife deserves to be beaten (and it's described in horrific detail) for cheating. :(

  • astaliegurec
    2019-05-26 09:06

    Unfortunately, Rex Stout's 1960 novel "Too Many Clients (A Nero Wolfe Mystery Book 34)" is dragged down by his use of a multitude of irrational characters. The mystery is actually pretty darn good. But, the majority of all his non-regular characters behave in such a way that they just don't make sense. I can see an evil villain behaving like a nut-job (of course, that would give away his being the guilty party), but when almost everyone involved runs around physically attacking people at the drop of a hat or flying off the handle in standard dialog, it just gets old, fast. So, I'm dropping my rating for the book down to a mere OK 3 stars out of 5.

  • Kim
    2019-05-16 11:05

    I deducted two stars because, while I expect misogyny from Wolfe, I don’t expect or like it from Archie. (view spoiler)[A woman is brutally beaten by her husband, and after Archie sees the husband’s handiwork, he sends the husband a bottle of Dom Perignon. (hide spoiler)]

  • Marie
    2019-05-26 12:21

    Another great Nero Wolfe/Archie Goodwin read. As was stated in a clipping at the end of the book, there was more sex in this book but it wasn't enough to be distasteful.

  • Linda
    2019-05-20 14:10

    Classic Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin.

  • Alison C
    2019-05-20 12:18

    In Rex Stout's novel, Too Many Clients, a man approaches Archie, introduces himself as the vice president of a large company and asks Archie to follow him to a certain address at a certain time that night, in order to determine whether or not he, the vice president, is being followed by someone else. Archie keeps his part of the bargain, but the man never shows up to be tailed; instead, his body is found some time later underneath a tarp on a construction site across the street from the address to which the vice president was headed - except that body is not the person with whom Archie met. So who was that man, and why did he impersonate the vice president? Did he know the vice president was about to be killed? Did he have something to do with it? Before Archie can even begin to look into those questions, he investigates the place to which the man had been heading, and finds a very sumptuous love nest, with evidence of the presence of dozens of women there, albeit one at a time. And then Nero Wolfe is approached by a number of different entities, including the widow of the deceased, the company's board of supervisors, and the janitorial couple belonging to the building with the hidden boudoir - truly, he has too many clients!.... As ever, Archie is sarcastic and competent, Nero is pettish and grumpy, and the pair of them together manage to keep ahead of Inspector Cramer and the rest of New York's finest. The story is nicely complicated with numerous twists and turns, and it all ends in a satisfactory manner. Recommended!

  • Nan Silvernail
    2019-05-12 09:12

    The head of Continental Plastics needs to find out if someone is following him somewhere. But what is the executive doing, going to such an address in the slums? Then the rat doesn't show up to Archie Goodwin's carefully orchestrated two-taxi trap. When Archie calls to see if the important man got cold feet, he finds Sgt. Stebbins of Homicide on the scene. Oops! Then Lon Cohen of the newspaper calls and asks why Archie was researching a man 2 hours before he was murdered! This is going to take Nero Wolfe's finesse and brain power to solve.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Cover Art - Hmm. No cake in the book. Probably a snide reference to having your cake and eating it, too.SPOILERS LOUNGING IN A PLUSH LOVE NESTIt's so tempting to spill the beans in the quick summary above that the dead man is not the man who came to see Archie. Also tempting to mention the Love Nest on the soundproofed, windowless top floor of the slum building, only accessible by one elevator. But it's even more fun to come across these salacious details as they arise. Just how many women have keys to the penthouse we'll never know, but it is outfitted with pretty much all sizes of robes, slippers and intimate apparel in discreet drawers. Scandalous! Probably a very good thing that Nero Wolfe never sets foot in there. Although he might have coveted the bathtub!

  • Tony
    2019-05-02 07:12

    Stout, Rex. TOO MANY CLIENTS. (1960). ***. Archie Goodwin, Nero Wolfe’s trusted personal assistant, was reviewing the state of their finances one afternoon and was appalled at the discrepancy between their income and their needs. Wolfe, of course, couldn’t be bothered by such details, but Archie has to drum up business somehow. Now his office is visited by a man claiming to be business executive Thomas Yeager. Yeager tells Goodwin that he thinks he is being followed, and hires him to find out who it might be. An elaborate scheme is developed to do this, but everything backfires when a man – positively ID’d as Yeager – is found dead in a street excavation in front of Yeager’s alleged business office. Now Archie is beginning to pick up clients ike crazy – as you will soon see. There are a lot of red herrings in this plot – and even, occassionally, a blue one. A lot of the action is telegraphed, so there aren’t many surprises left by the end. But even a not-so-good Wolfe novel is better than most of the others out there from other authors.

  • Daniel Brandon
    2019-05-11 11:26

    Too Many Clients by Rex Stout is a Nero Wolfe novel. I like Nero Wolfe novels, because there's almost always a plausible bit in the middle where they're all completely stumped and are just desperately flailing around hoping to get that one last piece of information that will lead to the solution. Sometimes they get lucky, sometimes they have to go fishing for it, and sometimes it's just a matter of sending the minor characters off-screen for three chapters to ask someone's Mom on the other side of the country for that one vital clue. And for this book specifically? Of all the Nero Wolfe novels, this is one of them. Honestly, like any large franchise, they all start to feel the same after a while, and you either like them all or you don't. I like it, but there isn't a lot to recommend it specifically over any other Nero Wolfe.

  • David Miller
    2019-05-01 13:13

    I found the last couple Nero Wolfe books I read to be somewhat below par for Rex Stout (which still means they are very good mysteries!) So I was glad this one was so excellent: entertaining and a real page turner. This book came out in 1960, and you can really tell how society has changed since the first book in the series, back in the mid-1930's. The plot and some of the language could not have occurred back in those days. A first-rate mystery... and I love that both Wolfe and Goodwin have their flaws exposed in these books, as well as their strengths. I can hardly bear to read mysteries about super-men, Omni-competent detectives any more, and the same with dark, depressed, loners. Give me Wolfe and Goodwin any day.

  • Ed
    2019-05-11 14:10

    Archie Goodwin takes the center stage more than usual in this solid entry in the Nero Wolfe canon.Nero Wolfe series - A man who identifies himself as Thomas Yeager asks Archie to ascertain whether he is being followed when he visits a certain address. When the real Yeager's body is found near that address, Archie crosses the threshold and finds a fantastically appointed love nest where Yeager secretly entertained many women. The case becomes more complicated when the daughter of the building superintendent is later killed; her novice attempts at blackmail provide Wolfe with critical evidence needed to solve both murders and earn a large fee, shoring up his low bank balance.

  • Mike
    2019-05-19 12:13

    My Dad used to read Rex Stout religiously. I would assume he read all 48 Nero Wolfe mysteries. I don't remember what it was now, but recently something inspired me to honor my Dad by reading some Nero Wolfe. So I picked the two that were the highest rated on Amazon, and no more than 99 cents in the used book store. I enjoyed the books, but I will not be emulating my father. The books are clever, humorous and definitely page turners. The characters (Archie and Wolfe) are great, but there's no getting around that detective mysteries are not really my cup of tea. It's something about the endings, where the detective seems to know so much more than the reader.

  • Abigail
    2019-05-24 13:09

    Usually my affection for Nero Wolfe and Archie carries me through the disparities between my modern attitudes about relations between the sexes and the races and those reflected in the novels. But not this one. I think because a character's sex obsession is at the core of his personality and actions, attitudes about gender and sex become really central in the novel. Archie's casual sexism seemed exaggerated and annoying, and I was rooting for the wife-beater to get his and even to be revealed as the murderer! My bottom line: not suitable to be anyone's introduction to these characters and probably only for the complete-ist!

  • Nancy Butts
    2019-04-27 08:09

    Book #34 in the Nero Wolfe series: the first book set in the 60s, and there is a definite change in tone. For the first time ever when a character swears, Archie uses the actual word: “balls” in this case. And the entire plot centers around sex, and a corporate executive who today might be called a sex addict. Although it is only talked about, never shown, it seems tame by our current standards, but again, it’s a change for the series. And apparently reviewers at the time thought it was a change, too, because some of them complained that there was too much sex!

  • Vicki Cline
    2019-05-17 08:15

    A man comes to Archie asking to be checked out if he's being followed, gives him the starting and ending addresses and a start time. Only he never shows up. Turns out he gave a false name and the real person with that name was found dead near the ending address hours before the imposter contacted Archie. The initial client is the head of the corporation where the victim worked who wants to quelch any scandal. And other potential clients follow. It takes a while to discover who the imposter was.

  • CJ Reader
    2019-05-26 08:15

    Oddly uninterested is a bit much as this is a case Wolfe is racing to solve before the police find the critical information they need to start solving it (information he is keeping too himself naturally). A good read, none of the twists and turns, a very straightforward whodunit despite a long list of suspects. Wolfe will still know the killer before you do, although I managed to guess it this time (a chapter or two before the end).

  • Wes Bartlett
    2019-05-22 12:13

    An interesting "who done it" from 1960. The style of mystery writing then and the mysteries I am reading to day are quite interesting. The Rex Stout mystery dealt more with conversations and explanations of what happened where the newer mysteries I am used to reading deal with more action. Terminology is somewhat different also. This book was a quick read but kept the reader wanting to continue to find who the guilty person was.

  • Peggy
    2019-05-21 11:25

    I am a big fan of Nero Wolfe and I adore Archie Goodwin. In this book Wolfe does indeed have too many clients when a plastics company Vice President is found murdered. As they unravel the mystery, the executive's extra-marital, extra-curricular activities bring forth many who have reason to have wanted him dead, and many who want the murder solved. This is a creative story and a fun read, as always.

  • Susan
    2019-05-02 14:30

    Archie Goodwin is hired by Thomas Yeager to find out who has been following him. When it turns out that Yeager is dead--and has been for a day before Archie was hired--Nero Wolfe knows that the two are out one client, and potentially in trouble with the law. Archie keeps looking for new clients, but he also learns of a second murder. Fortunately, as always, Wolfe is there to put the pieces together and ensure both a solution and a check.

  • Betsy
    2019-05-13 10:07

    Interesting, fast-paced, and witty, as most of the Nero Wolfe mysteries are, it is certainly a disturbing relic of its time with regard to women. We know that Wolfe dislikes and distrusts women, and this book certainly indicates that he is Stout's mouthpiece. All of the women are either liars, jades, cold-hearted manipulators, gold diggers, or all of the above. Really, other than Archie, Wolfe, Saul, Fred, Lon, and Cramer, the cast of this book is a pack of reptiles.

  • Greg McClay
    2019-05-16 13:13

    All of the Wolfe books are unique to their time period and Too Many Clients, published in 1960, stands out for a plot that seems unusual compared to previous stories but certainly is a sign of changing social mores. I'm not sure if the gift of champagne at the end was just a bit of Goodwin sarcasm or Stout's heavy frown on where society was headed.