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Kept Women Can't Quit

By Erle Stanley Gardner

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'The bestselling author of the century ... a master storyteller' New York Times

Donald Lam arrives at work one day to find an outraged police sergeant Frank Sellers stewing in the office of his senior partner, Bertha Cool. Sellers is close to cracking an armoured car robbery case, but in the course of his investigation, a telephone number for the Cool-Lam detective agency was found on one of his primary suspects - one Hazel Downer.

The same Hazel Downer employs Donald Lam to find her husband who has run off with another broad, taking her fifty thousand dollars with him. Wasn't it fifty thousand dollars that haven't been recovered from the armoured car job ... ?

Biographical Notes

Born in Malden, Massachusetts, Erle Stanley Gardner 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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  • ISBN: 9781471909108
  • Publication date: 14 Mar 2014
  • Page count: 224
  • Imprint: The Murder Room
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All Grass Isn't Green

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All that glitters isn't gold.A rich man sends Donald Lam looking for a man - when he really wants to find a woman. A minor missing persons case turns out to be a major one. And a pleasure boat on pontoons serves as a smuggler's ship on wheels.This is a job for detectives who know their fact from fiction, and Bertha Cool and Donald Lam are pitted against people who know too well that all grass isn't green.

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The D.A. Goes to Trial

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The case started with a corpse. Nobody knew who he was. Next, a man named John Burke disappeared. But D.A. Doug Selby could not find his body.Then Mrs Burke swore that the corpse and her missing husband were one and the same man. This should have solved both mysteries. All it did was run the D.A. up two different trees. Sure, the faces of the dead man and John Burke were exactly the same. The only trouble was that their fingerprints were different!Impossible? That's what Doug Selby thought too - until the killer struck again ...

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The D.A. Cooks a Goose

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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. Breaks an Egg

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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 Case of the Baited Hook

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The Case of the Turning Tide

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The Case of the Negligent Nymph

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The Case of the Gilded Lily

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The Case of the Lucky Loser

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The Case of the Duplicate Daughter

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The Case of the Blonde Bonanza

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The Count of Nine

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You might call Bertha Cool the broad beam of the Cool and Lam Detective Agency. As this story begins, all 200-odd pounds of her are quivering happily at the thought of a fat fee to come.All Bertha has to do is guard the priceless treasures of wealthy explorer Dean Crockett II, who is about to throw a fabulous party. But somebody's hand is quicker even than Bertha's gimlet eye, and one valuable jade Buddha and a primitive blowgun disappear.That's when brainy bantam-weight Donald Lam steps in, and the pace sets off fiercely, before reaching a sensational, unexpected climax.

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Shills Can't Cash Chips

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Money in the bank had always been a persuasive factor in Bertha Cool's life - and Lamont Hawley represented a lot of it. He also represented an insurance company that smelled a rat about a traffic-accident claim. The trouble was the claimant had drifted away - a beautiful blonde who had been co-operative and level-headed. In fact, too level-headed ... she sounded almost professional.Donald Lam didn't like it. Why should a large insurance company need an outside investigator? But Bertha's eyes see $$$ so Donald gets cracking, and within no time he is the prime suspect. For what on earth is a body doing in the trunk of Donald's car?

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The Case of the Glamorous Ghost

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Eleanor Corbin has a taste for trouble. Now her half-sister, Olga, fears Eleanor may be using her scandalous antics to disguise more larcenous acts.Enter Perry Mason, retained by Olga to keep the press at bay while discovering from Eleanor the sordid details of her last escapade.

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The Case of the Terrified Typist

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With several briefs in the works and his usual typist unavailable, Perry Mason sends for one from a temp agency. Everyone notices she's terribly afraid of something, and when later that day the offices of the South African Gem Importing and Exploration Company, located on the same floor as Mason's office, are rifled, the typist disappears.And with the introduction of South African Diamonds into the case, it isn't long before murder follows, and Mason, assisted by his inimitable secretary Della Street and his private investigator Paul Drake, undertakes the intricate job of investigating the mystery.

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The Case of the Long-Legged Models

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Stephanie Falkner is forced to deal with the mobsters who almost certainly killed her father, including smooth, sinister George Casselman, but she needs Perry Mason's help when Casselman is murdered - and the gun turns up under her pillow.