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The Cast of the Terrified Typist / The Case of the Grinning Gorilla Hardcover – 1956

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Product Details

  • Series: A Perry Mason Mystery
  • Hardcover: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Walter J. Black, Inc.; Reprint edition (1956)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000IZNMQQ
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.6 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,194,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Case of the Terrified Typist, Erle Stanley Gardner

The `Foreword' dedicated this book to the Honorable John Ben Sheppard, the Attorney General of Texas. Sheppard wrote the "Peace Officer's Handbook" which serves as a guide for the constable and sheriffs of Texas. Sheppard took on the "Duke of Duval" to end that reign of fear and corruption.

Perry and Della are working on an important brief, and need a typist. They call an agency, who promise to send out a skilled typist. Later a woman walks in and is given the work; she is quick and efficient, then takes a break. She never returns. Then they are told of a burglary in the building; the suspect resembles the unknown typist. A partner from the burglarized firm hires Perry to defend the co-owner against a murder charge. Perry tries to find this typist by using a scheme that recalls A.C. Doyle's "The Red-Headed League". Perry also assigns detectives to follow this partner as he suspects he's hiding something. The accused co-owner also refuses to discuss certain things. Perry visits the partner's woman friend, only to later find she skipped town. Could the alleged murder victim (no body found) have absconded with the smuggled diamonds?

Like the stories of Dashiell Hammett, this tells of the techniques used to follow a person, and how to avoid a tail. The jury returns a guilty verdict against Perry's client, no recommendation of mercy. But Paul Drake's investigators uncover the facts implied by the testimony of the witnesses. So who was the other man in the boat? This plot seems flawed in having one of the smugglers going to the police to file a murder charge.
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I'm quite surprised to read the positive reviews of THE CASE OF THE TERRIFIED TYPEST. Of the 56 of Gardner's Perry Mason novels I have read, I think this is the worst. I must say that most of the book was great. However, I found the last 10 pages disjointed. It was like a bunch of pages were missing.
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The Case of the Terrified Typist, Erle Stanley Gardner

The ‘Foreword' dedicated this book to the Honorable John Ben Sheppard, the Attorney General of Texas. Sheppard wrote the "Peace Officer's Handbook" which serves as a guide for the constable and sheriffs of Texas. Sheppard took on the "Duke of Duval" to end that reign of fear and corruption in that Texas county.

Perry and Della are working on an important brief, and need a typist. They call an agency, who promised to send out a skilled typist. Later a woman walks in and is given the work; she is quick and efficient then takes a break. She never returns. Later they are told of a burglary in the building; the suspect resembles the unknown typist. A partner from the burglarized firm hires Perry to defend the co-owner against a murder charge. Perry tries to find this typist by using a scheme that recalls A.C. Doyle's "The Red-Headed League". Perry also assigns detectives to follow this partner as he suspects he's hiding something. The accused co-owner also refuses to discuss certain things. Perry visits the partner's woman friend, only to later find she skipped town. Could the alleged murder victim (no body found) have absconded with the smuggled diamonds?

Like the stories of Dashiell Hammett, this tells of the techniques used to follow a person, and how to avoid a tail. The jury returns a guilty verdict against Perry's client, no recommendation of mercy. But Paul Drake's investigators uncover the facts implied by the testimony of the witnesses. So who was the other man in the boat? This plot seems flawed in having one of the smugglers going to the police to file a murder charge.
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Terrified Typist & Grinning Gorilla

Erle Stanley Gardner was once "the World's Greatest Author", his novels outsold the combined totals of his rivals. Gardner wrote the "Perry Mason" novels and other works. Gardner and others formed "The Court of Last Resort" to investigate the wrongfully convicted. The background tells of the era, the monetary figures date these stories.

"The Case of the Terrified Typist " (1956) begins when Perry and Della are working on an important brief, and need a typist. They call an agency, they promise to send a skilled typist. Later a woman walks in and is given the work; she is quick and efficient, then takes a break. She never returns. Then they are told of a burglary in the building; the suspect resembles the unknown typist. A partner from the burglarized firm hires Perry to defend the co-owner against a murder charge. Perry tries to find this typist by using a scheme that recalls A.C. Doyle's "The Red-Headed League". Perry also assigns detectives to follow this partner as he suspects he's hiding something. The accused co-owner also refuses to discuss certain things. Perry visits the partner's woman friend, only to later find she skipped town. Could the alleged murder victim (no body found) have absconded with the smuggled diamonds? Like the stories of Dashiell Hammett, this tells of the techniques used to follow a person and how to avoid a tail. The jury returns a guilty verdict against Perry's client, no recommendation of mercy. But Paul Drake's investigators uncover the facts implied by the testimony of the witnesses. So who was the other man in the boat? [This plot seems flawed in having one of the smugglers going to the police to file a murder charge.
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