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A Perry Mason Casebook Hardcover – January 1, 1993

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow and Company, Inc. (January 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895775255
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895775252
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 5.7 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Erle Stanley Gardner published his first novel at age 44 and he still managed to author 82 novels featuring Perry Mason and numerous other works. Gardner was a man with an amazing work ethic who became the most read mystery writer in the world. At age 32, Gardner, a practicing attorney, began writing fiction for the pulps for a minimal amount per word. His output was in the range of a one million words year - a stunning level by any measure. By the time he started writing the Perry Mason novels, he had the right systems and support staff to allow an incredible output.

Part of the reason for Gardner's incredible popularity was that he never added the extensive descriptions that most readers skip in mystery novels. Gardner never wastes words on characterization or the psychological motivation of the villain. Gardner's novels have tight plots, snappy dialog and an abundance of action. Gardner prefers dialogue over description, action over analysis. His novels emphasize physical movement - dashing from one place to another, full-throttle car trips, chartered airplane flights.

Gardner's clients in these works are innocent and fail to reveal the full truth to Perry Mason. Mason, with brilliant and flamboyant courtroom tactics (aided by the extensive resources of Paul Drake's detective agency), proves his client innocent and reveals the identity of the real murderer. The plots have good consistency and plausibility. "The Case of the Lucky Loser" has perhaps the most appealing plot, but the other three works also have story lines that will hold your interest.

These are not thrillers or novels of terror since there is seldom any strong or immediate danger to Mason or his clients. These are plot-driven stories of action.
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A Perry Mason Casebook, by Erle Stanley Gardner

This volume contains four "Perry Mason" courtroom thrillers written in the 1950s when Erle Stanley Gardner was at the peak of his career. "Perry Mason" is a lawyer who fights for his clients using every tactic permitted under the laws of that time. His client is found innocent (or cleared in the preliminary hearing) when Perry, using his experience, uncovers some unknown or overlooked clue that isn't found until the last chapters. Gardner usually educates the reader into some facet of the law and reminds us of the unreliability of eyewitness evidence and the need for correct interpretation of circumstantial evidence. Sometimes eyewitness evidence is based on the clothes a person is wearing (like that famous example where Earl Rogers got the plaintiff to identify the wrong man). Gardner also introduced the reader to new things like detergents and a ball-point pen.

Many of the details in these stories are now outdated. A "writ of habeas corpus" is no longer necessary given the Supreme Court decisions of the Warren Court. Before a person could be arrested on suspicion, held for days, and worked on until they confessed. [The film "Boomerang" shows an example.] Gardner dedicates his books to the forensic experts who advanced science in convicting the guilty and exonerating the innocent. Gardner and others created "The Court of Last Resort" around 1950 to investigate and free the wrongly convicted. You can find a subtle reference to Dr. Sam Sheppard in one of his novels. "The Case of the Queenly Contestant" notes that a bullet found by a stretcher is proof of nothing. Gardner never put dates in his stories to prevent them from becoming outdated. But the devaluation of the dollar from 1971 onwards made his monetary figures out of date.
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For Perry Mason fans, this is the collection. For those introduced to Mason on TV, the actual text is stunningly funny, full of intrigue and fabulously entertaining. Gardner's Perry Mason walks a thin line between the law and the unlawful and readers learn of his uncompromising pursuit of justice for his clients - those willing and those unwilling. It is relief for mystery readers who are tired of gore, vampires, and werewolves.
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* The Gilded Lilly-A insurance scam. A young wife. A murder.

+ The Daring Decoy-The perfect murder. A Texas oil man.
A 38 cal weapon.

# The Fiery Fingers-A nurse. $500. pills. A murder.

^ The Lovely Loser-Can some one die twice ?

EARL STANLEY GARDNER 7/17/1889 to 3/11/1970. An attorney
and author of detective stories. He married the real Della Street.
Wrote 80 novels.

Perry Mason..proves the clients innocence by implicating another
person.

PERRY MASON,DELLA STREET,PAUL DRAKE-LT TRAGG and
HAMILTON BURGER are all here.

In these stories Lt Tragg and Mason--respect each other. The DA and
Sgt.Holcomb do not like Mason at all.

The book arrived quickly and was in perfect shape. A great price.

A VERY NICE READ ! I really enjoyed it.-- bbp okc ok 63 retired
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By lnichol1 on December 16, 2013
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I love Perry Mason novels. They are my favorite books to read when I am relaxing and need a good mystery crime drama. Erle Stanley Gardner is a great writer. This book has more than one novel. Love it!
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