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Turn on the Heat (Hard Case Crime) Paperback – November 14, 2017
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If you want a glimpse into what fiction used to be, and may be again, look no further than TURN ON THE HEAT. It is a gem.—BookReporter
Erle Stanley Gardner's Cool and Lam are fun to read about, and Turn on the Heat has them in fine form —Bill Crider
This one is a lot of fun. Recommended. —AtomicJunkShop
A must for Gardner fans – if for no other reason than to demonstrate the breadth of Gardner’s inventive skills when he wasn’t busy with his better known lawyer/investigator.
For those a little less passionate about Perry Mason, the Cool and Lam mysteries are a wonderful example of the kinds if mysteries that helped define the genre during its formative years.
“Gardner’s writing encapsulates what’s best about the ’40s and puts it to the page” - Criminal Element
“It’s exciting stuff to find one of the best reads of the year is a reprint of a book that is 77 years old and hasn’t been in print for 50 years. Run, don’t walk, to your nearest book store for one of the year’s best retro reads.” - Borg.com
"The novel’s rapid-fire banter makes what is already a highly entertaining story a real gem." - Seattle Book Review 4-star
"a welcome addition to my bookcase." -John Koenig - Stuff I Like
About the Author
One of the best-selling authors of all time, Erle Stanley Gardner’s greatest creations include crusading attorney Perry Mason (star of more than eighty novels, a TV series and TV movies) and the hardboiled detective team of Bertha Cool and Donald Lam, who appeared in more than two dozen adventures. An attorney himself, Gardner also founded the Court of Last Resort, a group that investigated criminal cases they believed had ended in wrong convictions.
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TURN ON THE HEAT, whose just-this-side-of-comic urgency title I love, begins as many such cases begin. A dubiously-named “Mr. Smith” hires the agency to find a woman who disappeared over twenty years ago. It looks like an estate case or a divorce case, something relatively small-scale but then it blossoms into something much larger: a world of graft, corruption, murder and things just this side of verifiable evil in a small town called Santa Carlotta. “Mr. Smith” is closer to the heart of the action than we are originally led to believe and we eventually find ourselves looking into the private life of an eye, ear, nose and throat specialist whose life is related to a shifty small town newspaper publisher, his scrappy niece, some B girls at an even more shifty ‘club’, a nasty small-town cop and some tough dames who operate apartments, rooming houses and places just this side of flop houses. The plot is very complex and at points just a little opaque, but the resolution is clear enough and quite satisfying.
The high point of the novel is its stunning dialogue. Elmore Leonard teaches us that we should always ‘show’ rather than ‘tell’ and that great dialogue reveals as much in a dozen words as two or three pages of description. Here the dialogue is absolutely stunning, with Donald adjusting his phrasing very deftly with each of the many people with whom he interacts. Dutch Leonard and Bob Parker are smiling down through the clouds and someone is patting Hemingway on the back. ‘Look what you’ve wrought, kid.’
Bottom line: welcome to the wonderful world created by Erle Stanley Gardner back in the day when he was writing as A. A. Fair and selling books in the millions. I can’t say from experience (I’ve only read two) that this is the best of the Cool & Lam books, but it is absolutely superb.
A client wants to find out about a woman who left a small town after a scandal in 1919. Several other people are interested and some others don't want Lam to find any clues. Then there is a political angle as a deceptive optometrist runs for mayor of Santa Carlotta.
Berths Cool throws her weight around but not much money as a murder occurs and her and Donald Lam are in the thick of it. Erle Stanley Gardner wrote these pot boilers under the alias A. A. Fair.