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TOO MANY CLIENTS (A Nero Wolfe Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1955


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  • 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: 6.9 x 4.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #599,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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By ABWONTHELOOSE on April 28, 2014
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If you know and love Nero Wolfe you will love this book. If you've never met him, you have a treat in store for you. Yes, the technology references are out of date, but Rex Stout's stories never get old.
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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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By Adam on January 27, 2014
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In Too Many Clients, Archie is asked by a man named Thomas Yeager to find out if anyone is following him and gives him an address in a poor part of town. However, the man turns out to be Yeager and the real Yeager’s body is found near the address, Archie visits it and is shocked to find a very elaborately designed love nest.

Archie and Wolfe have a mystery on their hands and the “client” who hired them set them up to discover the body and they have to get to the bottom of who hired them and who committed the murder and pick up multiple several offered clients, many of whom want to suppress the existence of a very embarrassing room.

Overall, this was a very well-crafted later Wolfe mystery with a wide range of suspects, a great premise, and some solid scenes in the Brownstone. It doesn't quite deliver those little human touches that the very best Wolfe’s do, but I still highly recommend it.
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By Trela Wagner on December 19, 2013
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Another enjoyable story by Rex Stout. I saw this w/ Timothy Hutton on A&E and decided to buy the book. One of the things I love about the Rex Stout books are the details of everyday life in New York during the time period. He wrote details without getting flowery about it, and I could actually envision the various locales. I liked the characters in this story for their honesty, and their dishonesty. My favorites were the owners of the apartment building, the Perez family, and I liked how Archie related to them. The plot was so-so, in my opinion, as I really didn't care about the victim, or those he was involved with - but it was engaging, and I'll be rereading it.
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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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By VTaylor on September 10, 2013
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Any Nero Wolfe stories by Rex Stout are worth reading. I recommend it to anyone who likes mysteries. Thanks again
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