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Product Details

  • Series: A Nero Wolfe Mystery
  • Mass Market Paperback: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (October 1, 1955)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553254235
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553254235
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #742,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am enjoying all the books in this series.
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As it is an out of print book I am so happy I could still get it.
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Any Nero Wolfe stories by Rex Stout are worth reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David R. Eastwood on January 3, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This short Nero Wolfe-Archie Goodwin novel is great fun! It has a fair-play puzzle plot for readers to test their wits with, and, as an added source of enjoyment, its collection of Archie's patented quips and insights are among the best Stout wrote.

A philandering corporate vice president is found dead near the New York City apartment building he bought to serve as his private love nest, and Wolfe and Goodwin are hired by the widow of the victim to solve the murder, by the company's president to preserve the reputation of the company, and by the couple who managed and inherited the apartment building, whose beautiful daughter is also murdered. There is a third killing in the book, but to say any more about it would be a "spoiler."

Published in 1960, TOO MANY CLIENTS is quite a bit more sexually explicit than many earlier books by Stout--let's say about PG-13. It actually has a couple of direct references to parts of female and male anatomy that were frequently mentioned in many other books of that decade.

I have rated this mystery four-stars (for a letter grade of "B+") and would have rated it higher if Stout had dealt with four plot points just a little bit better: (a) what about blood at the scene of the vice president's murder? (b) was the same gun used to kill the first and the second victim? (c) was the same gun used in the final killing? and (d) why did the second victim trust the person who shot her? These four points could have been cleared up easily with about fifty words. If these questions seem "stupid" or "picky," read the book yourself before making a final judgment. Two of them have to do with evidence Goodwin and Wolfe have or don't have, three of them have to do with evidence that the police have or don't have, and one has to do with the credibility of a victim's actions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ohioan on November 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
Published more than 25 years after the first Nero Wolfe novel, this outing by Rex Stout shows that the author had not lost his touch. Too Many Clients is the story of a corporate executive who kept a secret apartment for various sexual escapades. The executive is murdered, and suddenly Nero has many clients: the corporation, the widow, the couple who own the apartment building where the murder occurred, and a woman who was one of the murdered man's visitors. In typical Nero fashion, the detective figures out how he can make a lot of money solving the case. Also in typical Nero fashion, he fails to tell Archie some of the information he receives, keeping Archie in the dark. That doesn't stop Archie from making delightfully witty remarks. A very enjoyable read.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This short Nero Wolfe-Archie Goodwin novel is great fun! It has a fair-play puzzle plot for readers to test their wits with, and, as an added source of enjoyment, its collection of Archie's patented quips and insights are among the best Stout wrote.

A philandering corporate vice president is found dead near the New York City apartment building he bought to serve as his private love nest, and Wolfe and Goodwin are hired by the widow of the victim to solve the murder, by the company's president to preserve the reputation of the company, and by the couple who managed and inherited the apartment building, whose beautiful daughter is also murdered. There is a third killing in the book, but to say any more about it would be a "spoiler."

Published in 1960, TOO MANY CLIENTS is quite a bit more sexually explicit than many earlier books by Stout--let's say about PG-13. It actually has a couple of direct references to parts of female and male anatomy that were frequently mentioned in many other books of that decade.

I have rated this mystery four-stars (for a letter grade of "B+") and would have rated it higher if Stout had dealt with four plot points just a little bit better: (a) what about blood at the scene of the vice president's murder? (b) was the same gun used to kill the first and the second victim? (c) was the same gun used in the final killing? and (d) why did the second victim trust the person who shot her? These four points could have been cleared up easily with about fifty words. If these questions seem "stupid" or "picky," read the book yourself before making a final judgment. Two of them have to do with evidence Goodwin and Wolfe have or don't have, three of them have to do with evidence that the police have or don't have, and one has to do with the credibility of a victim's actions.
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By Fred G. Scheuerman on September 21, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Let me start by saying that the Nero Wolfe books are my favorite mysteries. One reason is that they keep me guessing to the very end about the guilty party. I think this is because there are several characters brought in at first. Even when reread I tend to forget who the murderer is, which of course adds to the enjoyment. This one has too few plausible killers, so I was able to actually guess who the guilty party was. As an aside, there were less details about the goings on in Nero Wolfe's home, which I enjoy reading about.
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Rex stout is my all time favourite, the rating is in comparison to other Nero Wolfe mysteries. Still, better than any trash novel.
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This was advertised as a short novel not previously published in book form. I THINK the claim may be true. Having read every other Nero Wolfe story written by Rex Stout many times, I thought the title sounded familiar but don't believe I have seen the story itself before. Anyway, it is Wolfe and of course Archie Goodwin at their best, with a convoluted plot rather original for the great sleuth. Ranks among the top half of Wolfe stories in my opinion. And if I actually have read it before, I didn't remember it and so what? If you love Wolfe you will love Too Many Clients.
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