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Erle Stanley Gardner



Born in Malden, Massachusetts, Erle Stanley Gardner (1889-1970) left school in 1909 and attended Valparaiso University School of Law in Indiana for just one month before he was suspended for focusing more on his hobby of boxing than his academic studies. Soon after, he settled in California, where he taught himself the law and passed the state bar exam in 1911. The practise of law never held much interest for him, however, apart from as it pertained to trial strategy, and in his spare time he began to write for the pulp magazines that gave Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler their start. Not long after the publication of his first novel, The Case of the Velvet Claws, featuring Perry Mason, he gave up his legal practice to write full time. He had one daughter, Grace, with his first wife, Natalie, from whom he later separated. In 1968 Gardner married his long-term secretary, Agnes Jean Bethell, whom he professed to be the real 'Della Street', Perry Mason's sole (although unacknowledged) love interest. He was one of the most successful authors of all time and at the time of his death, in Temecula, California in 1970, is said to have had 135 million copies of his books in print in America alone.
The Murder Room

The Case of the Baited Hook

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Erle Stanley Gardner

Who was that masked woman?That was the question plaguing Perry Mason. No one loves a good mystery more than Mason - but being asked to represent a client who is concealing her identity, not to mention the particulars of her case, has given even the legendary legal eagle a case of ruffled feathers.Yet the intriguing cloak-and-dagger tactics have Perry hopelessly hooked. As for the silent siren behind the mask, is she heiress Byrl Gailord or penniless Adelle Hastings? Both women have ties to a man named Tidings, a man who may be a protector or predator. A man who could answer a lot of tough questions - if only he hadn't been murdered.

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Murder Up My Sleeve

Erle Stanley Gardner
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Erle Stanley Gardner

Jacob Mandra had a million-dollar apartment on the fringe of Chinatown ... and a reputation.Early one morning they found him dead. And a few hours later Terry Clane found himself in the District Attorney's office - by request. The District Attorney began asking strange questions that Terry Clane didn't care to answer, and when Terry finally sailed out of the D.A.'s office he realised that he and some of his friends were involved in the Mandra murder ... up to their necks.

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The D.A. Breaks an Egg

Erle Stanley Gardner
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Erle Stanley Gardner

D.A. Doug Selby was in trouble again. An enticing redhead had been murdered; the county newspaper, The Blade, was after his neck; he had an unsolved jewellery theft on his hands and that sly, unscrupulous attorney A.B. Carr was running circles around him.Selby knew that somehow or other all four of his troubles were tied up in one explosive bundle. But how could he open the bundle ... without setting off more murder?

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The D.A. Cooks a Goose

Erle Stanley Gardner
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Erle Stanley Gardner

A midnight hit-and-run accident on a mountain road ... a tragic fatality ... the discovery of the missing car ... and Doug Selby, District Attorney of Madison City, finds himself not only up against a most involved case but in the hottest spot of his career.Featuring an absorbing cast of supporting characters, including genial Sheriff Rex Brandon, the sly, suave A.B. Carr, a strange couple from New Orleans who should be cooperative but aren't, and Inez Stapleton, Madison City's only woman lawyer, who finds the going tough when she tries to be both friend and foe of Doug Selby.

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The D.A. Goes to Trial

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Erle Stanley Gardner
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The D.A. Draws a Circle

Erle Stanley Gardner
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Erle Stanley Gardner
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All Grass Isn't Green

Erle Stanley Gardner
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Erle Stanley Gardner
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Widows Wear Weeds

Erle Stanley Gardner
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Erle Stanley Gardner
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The Case of the Sulky Girl

Erle Stanley Gardner
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Erle Stanley Gardner

Frances Celane has good reason to pout. Thanks to a provision in her late father's will administered by her uncle, she's caught in the middle of a family feud between matrimony and money. If she chooses marriage, she loses a million. But beautiful young Frances has a strong will of her own she's not afraid to use. One way or another, she means to hear wedding bells and cash registers making beautiful music together. Her first move: hire Perry Mason to orchestrate things.Unfortunately, stubbornness runs in Frances Celane's family, as Mason discovers when he confronts her Uncle Edward. After Perry's powers of persuasion fail to penetrate Norton's hard head, someone decides the only way of cashing in is by bashing in the uncooperative uncle's skull. But when the blood spills, so do the secrets. Then it's Mason's turn to brood, as he tries to figure out if a girl as pretty as his client could have a hand in something so ugly ...

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The Bigger They Come

Erle Stanley Gardner
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Erle Stanley Gardner

The story of how a man can commit a brutal murder, confess, and get away with it!The killer was guilty without a shred of doubt. The police had him behind bars. The district attorney had plenty of evidence. But - no court in the state could convict him!The Bigger They Come features that fast-moving, skull-cracking team: Bertha Cool, a two-hundred pound "lady" who uses the language of a longshoreman. And Donald Lam, a pint-sized process server who would have been in the morgue long ago except that he can think faster than the next man ... or woman.

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The Case of the Backward Mule

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Erle Stanley Gardner

Chow Koh Koh was a Chinese philosopher who rode his mule backwards. He claimed it made no difference where he was going. All that counted was what he did along the way.Terry Clane thought this a serene and comforting way of life. He liked it so much that he bought a small statue of Chow Koh Koh riding his mule, and gave it to his fiancée as a gift. That was Clane's mistake. Instead of a good luck symbol, it proved an omen of evil. For within a short time, Clane's favourite young lady was up to her neck in murder. And Clane's beloved statue of the peaceful and fatalistic Chow Koh Koh was covered with the blood of the killer's victim!

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The D.A. Takes a Chance

Erle Stanley Gardner
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Erle Stanley Gardner

Blond Eve Dawson came to Hollywood to be a star and didn't make the grade. But as a party girl she was much in demand - until someone shot her during a wild party given for a lot of prominent politicians. Everyone clammed up and pressure was brought to bear - even on popular D.A. Doug Selby. But Selby and Sheriff Brandon wouldn't hush. The next time beautiful Eve turned up she was a corpse with a carving knife deep in her chest. And even that suave old fox A.B. Carr couldn't stop the D.A. from finding out who killed her and why.

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The D.A. Holds a Candle

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Erle Stanley Gardner

Douglas Selby, the ambitious young District Attorney of the territory around Madison City, had up before him a young man guilty of embezzling a comparatively small sum of money which he had spent gambling. Selby could have locked him up - and perhaps ruined his life. But he wanted to find the how and the why of this otherwise law-abiding young man's gambling.Selby's investigations led him to a hit-and-run motorcycle accident, to blackmail, and to the doorstep of DeWitt Stapleton, the local big-wig, who ran things in that part of the country by and for himself.

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The D.A. Calls it Murder

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Erle Stanley Gardner
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Fools Die on Friday

Erle Stanley Gardner
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Erle Stanley Gardner

Death gave its warning in the form of a luscious brunette. She walked into the office of Donald Lam and Bertha Cool, calmly announced that her employer was about to be killed, and paid them a healthy fee to keep the boss alive.For Cool this case meant cold cash. For Lam it meant warm curves. But before long it meant murder ...

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Cut Thin to Win

Erle Stanley Gardner
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Erle Stanley Gardner

Clayton Dawson came to Lam & Cool as a last resort. He needed an under-cover agent to 'protect the family name'.Bertha Cool didn't want to take the case, but Donald Lam talked her into it when their client laid twelve one-hundred-dollar bulls on the table. What seemed a simple case of protecting an undisciplined daughter soon erupted into an explosion of trouble for Lam - trouble in the form of murder and blackmail.

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Up for Grabs

Erle Stanley Gardner
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Erle Stanley Gardner
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Kept Women Can't Quit

Erle Stanley Gardner
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Erle Stanley Gardner
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Traps Need Fresh Bait

Erle Stanley Gardner
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Erle Stanley Gardner
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Bachelors Get Lonely

Erle Stanley Gardner
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Erle Stanley Gardner