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Too Many Women by Rex Stout

Too Many Women (1947)

by Rex Stout

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Series: Nero Wolfe (12)

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This is more an Archie than a Nero Wolfe book - Wolfe is there and helps (and solves the problem) but most of the story happens outside of his office and without him being anywhere around.

It all starts weirdly - a company had had too many people leaving in the previous year and decides to check what had happened. One man had left because he was hit by a car and left - and his manager insists on calling it murder. And the director decides to hire Wolfe to investigate and find out if it was an accident or a murder. So Archie gets a new job - a personnel expert in the company, reviewing practices and what's not. Of course, his job is to investigate.

Except that he seems to spend more time being chased by women (all of them seem to really love him), being beaten by men (more than usual) and chasing his tail. Except that there is another corpse, Wolfe get hired again to now discover who the killer is and Archie's role is known by everyone (officially that is, the gossip was always there).

It is a strange novel - the Nero Wolfe novels are sexist (because of the times) but that one seems to be even more so. It is partially because most of the action happens in the work-space, with all the stenographers and typist are and women are only considered good enough for those jobs. But Archie is also womanizing a lot more than usual - and the women in the novel behave as damsels in distress. On the other hand, it may not be so unrealistic. But all the characters sound a bit off - Cramer, who is usually intelligent, behaves like an idiot in places and the end feels a bit rushed.

I am not sorry I read it but it is my least favorite so far from the series. I think I prefer this series with Wolfe in the center and not Archie - at least not Archie behaving like that. ( )
  AnnieMod | Jan 9, 2018 |
A survey on employer turnover gets a reply saying an employee's reason for leaving was "murdered" --the president of the company involved hires Wolfe to verify if it really was murder (officially it was a hit and run), and Wolfe sends Archie Goodwin to work in the company undercover. This involves his investigating 500 female employees, mostly attractive, hence the title. ( )
  antiquary | Jul 15, 2016 |
This time around Wolfe is hired by a company to find out if one of their emplyeees was murdered or if it was a random hit and run as Kramer thinks. The women of the title come from the vast secretarial pool at the company where Archie is temporarily employed. ( )
  RachelNF | Jan 15, 2016 |
This isn't my favorite Nero Wolfe novel. I think its because its a bit over the top with the female characters, all of whom are some kind of man eating nympo. It also doesn't develop the mystery very well.
There are, however, some great scenes and I wouldn't pan it outright. I'm sure I will re-read it a dozen more times in my life. ( )
  blatherlikeme | Sep 28, 2014 |
Too Many Women, a Nero Wolfe novel by Rex Stout, was published in 1947; when I started the project of reading the entire series, I was unable to find it. As a result, I've just read it out of chronological order in that as of this writing, I'm up to books in the series published in 1958. However, since neither Wolfe nor Archie, nor any of the other characters for that matter, ever changes or grows in the series, this is not really a problem. Archie is asked to take an office job at a large corporation where one supervisor, the son of one of the two founders, is insisting that what appears to be the hit-and-run death of an employee some months earlier was really murder. Initially Archie is to be a personnel officer looking into employee matters, but that cover is soon set aside and he is able to do the real work for which he has been hired, determining the truth or falsity of the supervisor's assertion. Of course this being a Nero Wolfe book, soon there is another death, this time definitely murder, and Archie and Nero finally have something to go on.... The title of the book refers to the fact that hundreds of women are working as transcriptionists in this company, and Archie in his pre-Lily days is quite the cat set amongst the pigeons here. Somewhat more sexist than the average Nero Wolfe tale, this is still quite a fun read, although I had a pretty good idea as to the identity of the murderer fairly early on. As usual, recommended. ( )
  thefirstalicat | Nov 6, 2011 |
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Private eye, Nero Wolfe, has been hired by the president of a corporation to determine whether the death of an employee was an accident or murder.

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Archie Goodwin goes to work on Wall Street when corpulent sleuth Nero Wolfe takes on a ruthless killer involved in two hit-and-run "accidents".

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