Too Many Clients
Rex Stout
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Too Many Clients (Nero Wolfe #34)

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It's an attractive, interesting case for any detective. a business man turns up dead in a satin-lined room, a love den. Fleshy paintings adorn the walls and women's slippers line the closet. For Nero Wolfe, the best feature is that the cops haven't come to the scene yet, and he's got a jump on solving the crime.

Just when he's about to dive in, new clients -- too many -- st

Hardcover, Large Print, 248 pages
Published January 1st 1984 by G. K. Hall & Company (first published October 1st 1955)
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Bill  Kerwin

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 at all. Also features--in Wolfe's words--a "bower of carnality."
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.
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 wh...more
Nan Silvernail
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 N...more
Daniel Brandon
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...more
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 sup...more
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...more
It's hard to imagine reading Rex Stout any other way than by listening to Michael Pritchard's performance of it.
Vicki Cline
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.
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.
Greg McClay
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.
Just finished re-reading this one. I've actually been re-reading the entire Nero Wolfe canon in chronological order. This is one of Stout's really well executed mysteries, revealing a little bit of the mercurial side of both Goodwin & Wolfe in more detail than most of the other books in the series. On to the next one soon.
Lisa Kucharski
Probably the most visceral Nero Wolfe, it does have a "bower of carnality" in the story however, I would say that it is the characters and their reactions that give this story a really strong presence. A great mystery, and one that presents all sorts of challenges both to Archie and Wolfe.

Nero Wolf at his portly & sardonic best, working for a plethora of potential clients to solve a locked-room murder in the victim's lovenest, with his associate Archie Goodwin doing the leg-work as usual.
Fredrick Danysh
Nero Wolfe is deluged with an over abundance of potential clients when he investigates the death of a businessman. He is also beset by numerous police interested in his investigation.
Steven Vaughan-Nichols
This is one of the best of the Nero Wolfe/Archie Goodwin mysteries. Interesting characters, a real mystery, and engaging dialogue. I highly recommend it.
surely the most prurient of Stout's career, which isn't really saying much at all. They sure don't write 'em like this anymore
both books are terrific :-) grisham weaves tales as easily as he breathes it seems .
if you like a good detective novel this is strongly recommended.nero wolfe great stuff.
William Alan Ritch
Excellent mystery. I love these bools.
Ellen Wright
Everybody needs an Archie.
Brian Yorgey
classic Nero Wolf mystery
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Rex Todhunter Stout (December 1, 1886 – October 27, 1975) was an American crime writer, best known as the creator of the larger-than-life fictional detective Nero Wolfe, described by reviewer Will Cuppy as "that Falstaff of detectives." Wolfe's assistant Archie Goodwin recorded the cases of the detective genius from 1934 (Fer-de-Lance) to 1975 (A Family Affair).

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