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Rex Stout
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Too Many Clients (Nero Wolfe #34)

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  2,016 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
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 28th 1960)
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Mar 22, 2015 Evgeny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nero Wolfe finances in the beginning of the novel:
Empty Pockets
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 jus
Bill  Kerwin
Feb 08, 2009 Bill Kerwin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Cathy DuPont
Dec 14, 2014 Cathy DuPont rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
First Second Books
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!
May 07, 2014 Karl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 investigator
Archie Goodwin — Wolfe's assistant, and the narrator of all Wolfe stories

This 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 ho
Erin L
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.
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.
Nov 03, 2008 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
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 pres
Alison C
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 ...more
Nan Silvernail
Mar 05, 2012 Nan Silvernail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Daniel Brandon
Feb 04, 2013 Daniel Brandon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
David Miller
Feb 01, 2015 David Miller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 the ...more
Aug 04, 2012 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 28, 2014 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 get ...more
Sep 24, 2013 Abigail rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Nancy Butts
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 ...more
Vicki Cline
May 23, 2010 Vicki Cline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: other-mysteries
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
Apr 08, 2015 CJ Reader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 19, 2016 Wes Bartlett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 31, 2013 Peggy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 14, 2016 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 23, 2015 Betsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 31, 2010 Greg McClay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 14, 2012 Keith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 08, 2012 Curtiss rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 14, 2016 C-shaw rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A library book. My first Nero Wolfe novel! Of course, Archie Goodwin was the real hero of the book, rather than Nero Wolfe himself. Entertaining and not too dated, even though it was written in 1960, thus proving good detection work is timeless. :-]
Lisa Kucharski
Feb 24, 2013 Lisa Kucharski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

May 13, 2015 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-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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