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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.
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The Case of the Negligent Nymph

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Two Clues

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The Case of the Borrowed Brunette

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Perry Mason's keen eye for the ladies gets him an earful of intriguing information from pretty women applying for a very odd job. Seems a mysterious Mr Hines is advertising for a young brunette, and he's very specific about what he wants ... right down to her exact measurements.The looker who lands the gig gets to live in a posh apartment, wear fine clothes and collect a generous salary. Struggling model Eva Martell is thrilled when she gets the job, but her Aunt Adelle doesn't like the scenario one bit, and asks Mason to punch a few holes in Hines's story and see what leaks out. But when someone punches a hole in Hines - with a bullet - the masquerade becomes foul play with a murderer lurking in the wings.

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Fish or Cut Bait

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Pass the Gravy

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Some Slips Don't Show

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You Can Die Laughing

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The Case of the Sulky Girl

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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 Case of the Lonely Heiress

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A suspicious personal ad conceals nefarious intent - and eventually lands in the lap of Perry Mason.It appears that Marilyn Marlow inherited a small fortune from her mother, who got the sum from her wealthy employer. But now the old man's relatives are contesting the will, putting Marilyn on shaky ground.Whoever sways Rose Keeling, the key witness to the signing of the will, is sure to be the victor. Enter the personal ad. Marilyn intends to find Rose a Mr. Right in order to get the goods on her. But when Rose is murdered, Perry Mason sets out to find a gentleman caller who had a date with death ...

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The Bigger They Come

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The Case of the Backward Mule

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The D.A. Takes a Chance

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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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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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Fools Die on Friday

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Cut Thin to Win

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Up for Grabs

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Kept Women Can't Quit

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Traps Need Fresh Bait

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Bachelors Get Lonely

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