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The case of the fiery fingers Hardcover – 1951

4.6 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
Book 37 of 52 in the Perry Mason Series

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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: W.J. Black; Book Club ed. edition (1951)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007DURAI
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Case of the Fiery Fingers

This book is dedicated to Doctor Joseph T. Walker and begins by discussing circumstantial evidence, and the various inferences that can be drawn from a fact. It tells what scientific investigation can deduce from a discarded coat along a highway. Often an explanation for some physical clue may turn out to be incorrect. Gardner uses an example from Doctor Joseph T. Walker, an officer of the Massachusetts State Police, and that discarded coat. Doctor Walker has brought murderers to justice and prevented the unjust conviction of the innocent.

This story is as fast moving as a big roller coaster, with as many twists and turns to hold your interest until the last page. Erle Stanley Gardner's taut and sparse prose keeps the story moving along. It is one of the best "Perry Mason" mysteries, superior to any film or TV drama.

This book starts out when a practical nurse consults with Perry Mason over a possible murder, and ask how to prevent a murder! Next this nurse is arrested for stealing jewelry from her employer; Perry Mason defends her successfully. The problem is assigning guilt when there are numerous suspects. But this story is just starting! Then the patient she cares for is murdered by arsenic. The patient's sister is arrested; she hires Perry Mason to defend her. Now the story picks up speed, and we see numerous twists and surprises to this story. Just how Perry's client is not guilty of this murder comes out at the surprise ending.
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I've been reading Gardner's Perry Mason books off and on for many years. Many years ago, I was an intense fan of the series, and read them all, at least once. Now, after a lot of water over the dam, I'm looking at them again.

Those who are used to really fine mystery writers (with the emphasis on "writer"), such as Ross Macdonald, may find the writing style here off-putting. It can be stiff and repititious. Nonetheless, I still love the general setting: the characters of Perry, Della, Paul, Lt. Tragg, and Hamilton Berger. That, and the ingenious plots, are why I read Perry Mason.

On the whole, the ones written by 1950 are the best. This one was written in 1951, and it is archetypical of the later books in the series (those after, say, 1945). By that I mean it is in many ways average, without embelishment. For example, unlike several written in the early 1950s, it does not involve organized crime. It does not involve an exotic or unusual site, such as a mountain cabin or a desert ranch. There is no fake elopement of Perry and Della. Perry does not switch guns or other evidence. There aren't two or three bodies or disappearing corpses.

What there is is a classic set up: a murder occurs in a domestic situation. The husband, Nathan Bain, has married a wealthy woman, Elizabeth. But he has a girl friend. Elizabeth finds out but refuses to grant a divorce. Soon there is a car crash, the wife is seriously injured and may never walk again. While she is recuperating at home with a nurse, jewelery starts disappearing. The husband hires a detective to investigate, who coats the jewelry case with a phosphorescent powder. The nurse is soon found with "fiery fingers", meaning she has touched the case. That is enough for the husband to have her arrested.
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This book did not meet expectations in either plot or characterization. The story was particularly contrived and repetitious and the murderer was obvious from the start. Perry goes flying all over the place for no good reason and most scenes were awkward. Worse, the end was especially lame and disappointing.
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I know that a lot of people is not a big fan of Perry Mason because this series focuses more on the court part than other detective novels. But I am a really big fan of this series. I got all the books of Perry Mason and love each of them.
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The Case of the Fiery Fingers

This book is dedicated to Doctor Joseph T. Walker and begins by discussing circumstantial evidence, and the various inferences that can be drawn from a fact. It tells what scientific investigation can deduce from a discarded coat along a highway. Often an explanation for some physical clue may turn out to be incorrect. Gardner uses an example from Doctor Joseph T. Walker, an officer of the Massachusetts State Police, and that discarded coat. Doctor Walker has brought murderers to justice and prevented the unjust conviction of the innocent.

This story is as fast moving as a big roller coaster, with as many twists and turns to hold your interest until the last page. Erle Stanley Gardner's taut and sparse prose keeps the story moving along. It is one of the best "Perry Mason" mysteries, superior to any film or TV drama.

This book starts out when a practical nurse consults with Perry Mason over a possible murder, and ask how to prevent a murder! Next this nurse is arrested for stealing jewelry from her employer; Perry Mason defends her successfully. The problem is assigning guilt when there are numerous suspects. But this story is just starting! Then the patient she cares for is murdered by arsenic. The patient's sister is arrested; she hires Perry Mason to defend her. Now the story picks up speed, and we see numerous twists and surprises to this story. Just how Perry's client is not guilty of this murder comes out at the surprise ending.
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