Perry Mason Books In Publication Order
- The Case of the Velvet Claws (1933)
- The Case of the Sulky Girl (1933)
- The Case of the Lucky Legs (1934)
- The Case of the Howling Dog (1934)
- The Case of the Curious Bride (1934)
- The Case of the Counterfeit Eye (1935)
- The Case of the Caretaker’s Cat (1935)
- The Case of the Sleepwalker’s Niece (1936)
- The Case of the Stuttering Bishop (1936)
- The Case of the Dangerous Dowager (1937)
- The Case of the Lame Canary (1937)
- The Case of the Substitute Face (1938)
- The Case of the Shoplifter’s Shoe (1938)
- The Case of the Perjured Parrot (1939)
- The Case of the Rolling Bones (1939)
- The Case of the Baited Hook (1940)
- The Case of the Silent Partner (1940)
- The Case of the Haunted Husband (1941)
- The Case of the Empty Tin (1941)
- The Case of the Drowning Duck (1942)
- The Case of the Careless Kitten (1942)
- The Case of the Buried Clock (1943)
- The Case of the Drowsy Mosquito (1943)
- The Case of the Crooked Candle (1944)
- The Case of the Black-Eyed Blonde (1944)
- The Case of the Golddigger’s Purse (1945)
- The Case of the Half-Wakened Wife (1945)
- The Case of the Borrowed Brunette (1946)
- The Case of the Fan-Dancer’s Horse (1946)
- The Case of the Lazy Lover (1947)
- The Case of the Lonely Heiress (1948)
- The Case of the Vagabond Virgin (1948)
- The Case of the Cautious Coquette (1949)
- The Case of the Dubious Bridegroom (1949)
- The Case of the Negligent Nymph (1950)
- The Case of the One-Eyed Witness (1950)
- The Case of the Fiery Fingers (1951)
- The Case of the Angry Mourner (1951)
- The Case of the Moth-Eaten Mink (1952)
- The Case of the Grinning Gorilla (1952)
- The Case of the Hesitant Hostess (1953)
- The Case of the Green-Eyed Sister (1953)
- The Case of the Fugitive Nurse (1954)
- The Case of the Runaway Corpse (1954)
- The Case of the Restless Redhead (1954)
- The Case of the Sun Bather’s Diary (1955)
- The Case of the Glamorous Ghost (1955)
- The Case of the Nervous Accomplice (1955)
- The Case of the Terrified Typist (1955)
- The Case of the Gilded Lily (1956)
- The Case of the Demure Defendant (1956)
- The Case of The Screaming Woman (1957)
- The Case of the Lucky Loser (1957)
- The Case of the Daring Decoy (1957)
- The Case of the Foot-Loose Doll (1958)
- The Case of the Long-Legged Models (1958)
- The Case of the Calendar Girl (1958)
- The Case of the Singing Skirt (1959)
- The Case of the Mythical Monkeys (1959)
- The Case of the Deadly Toy (1959)
- The Case of the Waylaid Wolf (1960)
- The Case of the Duplicate Daughter (1960)
- The Case of the Shapely Shadow (1960)
- The Case of the Spurious Spinster (1961)
- The Case of the Bigamous Spouse (1961)
- The Case of the Reluctant Model (1962)
- The Case of the Blonde Bonanza (1962)
- The Case of the Ice-Cold Hands (1962)
- The Case of the Mischievous Doll (1962)
- The Case of the Stepdaughter’s Secret (1963)
- The Case of the Amorous Aunt (1963)
- The Case of the Daring Divorcee (1964)
- The Case of the Phantom Fortune (1964)
- The Case of the Horrified Heirs (1964)
- The Case of the Troubled Trustee (1965)
- The Case of the Beautiful Beggar (1965)
- The Case of the Worried Waitress (1966)
- The Case of the Queenly Contestant (1967)
- The Case of the Careless Cupid (1968)
- The Case of the Fabulous Fake (1969)
- The Case of the Fenced-in Woman (1972)
- The Case of the Postponed Murder (1973)
- The Case of Too Many Murders (By:) (1989)
- The Case of the Burning Bequest (By:) (1990)
Perry Mason Collections In Publication Order
- The Case of the Murderer’s Bride and Other Stories (1955)
- The Case of the Crimson Kiss (1970)
- The Case Of The Crying Swallow (1971)
- The Case of the Irate Witness and Other Stories (1973)
- Four Cases of Murder (1989)
Doug Selby Books In Publication Order
- The D.A. Calls It Murder (1937)
- The D.A. Holds a Candle (1938)
- The D.A. Draws a Circle (1939)
- The D.A. Goes to Trial (1940)
- The D.A. Calls a Turn (1944)
- The D.A. Breaks a Seal (1946)
- The D.A. Takes a Chance (1948)
- The D.A. Breaks An Egg (1949)
Terry Clane Books In Publication Order
- Murder Up My Sleeve (1937)
- The Case of the Backward Mule (1946)
Donald Lam & Bertha Cool Books In Publication Order
- The Bigger They Come (1939)
- The Knife Slipped (1939)
- Turn on the Heat (1940)
- Gold Comes in Bricks (1940)
- Spill the Jackpot (1941)
- Double or Quits (1941)
- Owls Don’t Blink (1942)
- Bats Fly at Dusk (1942)
- Cats Prowl at Night (1943)
- Give ’em the Ax (1944)
- Crows Can’t Count (1946)
- Fools Die on Friday (1947)
- Bedrooms Have Windows (1949)
- Top of the Heap (1952)
- Some Women Won’t Wait (1953)
- Beware the Curves (1956)
- You Can Die Laughing (1957)
- Some Slips Don’t Show (1957)
- The Count of 9 (1958)
- Pass the Gravy (1959)
- Kept Women Can’t Quit (1960)
- Bachelors Get Lonely (1961)
- Shills Can’t Cash Chips (1961)
- Try Anything Once (1962)
- Fish or Cut Bait (1963)
- Up for Grabs (1964)
- Cut Thin to Win (1965)
- Widows Wear Weeds (1966)
- Traps Need Fresh Bait (1967)
- All Grass Isn’t Green (1970)
Gramp Wiggens Books In Publication Order
- The Case of the Turning Tide (1941)
- The Case of the Smoking Chimney (1943)
- The Case Of The Musical Cow (1960)
Standalone Novels In Publication Order
- Dead Men’s Letters (1990)
- The Exploits of the Patent Leather Kid (2010)
Short Story Collections In Publication Order
- The Amazing Adventures of Lester Leith (1980)
- The Human Zero (1981)
- Whispering Sands (1981)
- Pay Dirt and Other Whispering Sands Stories of Gold Fever and the Western Desert (1983)
- The Adventures Of Paul Pry, Volume 2 (1990)
- The Blonde in Lower Six Plus 3 Short Novels (1990)
- The Adventures Of Paul Pry (1991)
- Honest Money and Other Short Novels (1991)
- The Danger Zone and Other Stories (2004)
- The Casebook of Sidney Zoom (2006)
Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order
- The Court of Last Resort: The True Story of a Team of Crime Experts Who Fought to Save the Wrongfully Convicted (1952)
- The Hidden Heart of Baja (1962)
- The Desert is Yours (1963)
- Hunting the Desert Whale (1963)
- Drifting Down Delta (1969)
Anthologies In Publication Order
- Tantalizing Locked Room Mysteries (1982)
- The Oxford Book of American Detective Stories (1996)
- A Century of Great Suspense Stories (2001)
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Erle Stanley Gardner Books Overview
Criminal lawyer and all time 1 mystery author Erle Stanley Gardner wrote close to 150 novels that have sold 300 million copies worldwide. His most popular books starred the incomparable attorney sleuth Perry Mason. And the first time the world heard the name Perry Mason was in 1933 with the publication of the novel that has become an enduring classic…
The Case of the Velvet ClawsThanks to a bungled robbery at a fancy hotel, the already married Eva Griffin has been caught in the company of a prominent congressman. To protect the politico, Eva’s ready to pay the editor of a sleazy tabloid his hush money. But Perry Mason has other plans. He tracks down the phantom fat cat who secretly runs the blackmailing tabloid only to discover a shocking scoop. By the time Mason’s comely client finally comes clean, her husband has taken a bullet in the heart. Now Perry Mason has two choices: represent the cunning widow in her wrangle for the dead man’s money or take the rap for murder.
Unable to marry due to a stipulation in her late father’s will which states that she will lose his millions if she does wed headstrong Frances hires Perry Mason to get around the clause, and soon he ends up solving a family murder.
Frank Patton was a promoter. Tall and dignified he was a handsome and persuasive crook. His racket of running contests for girls with beautiful legs was carefully planned. When Perry Mason caught up with him he had a nine inch knife in his chest.
Criminal lawyer and all time 1 mystery author Erle Stanley Gardner wrote close to 150 novels that have sold 300 million copies worldwide. His most popular books starred the incomparable attorney sleuth Perry Mason. In The Case of the Howling Dog, Arthur Cartwright, an anxious man, goes to Perry Mason to have his neighbor arrested for his vindictive and noisy dog. He is under the belief that his howling is an indication that somebody has been murdered in the neighborhood. He demands that his will be written bequeathing the estate to the lady living at the neighbor’s house. However, the will is mysteriously altered by an unknown person and Cartwright goes missing, along with the lady.
Criminal lawyer and all time 1 mystery author Erle Stanley Gardner wrote close to 150 novels that have sold 300 million copies worldwide. His most popular books starred the incomparable attorney sleuth Perry Mason. In The Case of the Curious Bride, a woman claims to want to consult Mason about her ‘friend’ whose husband, long thought to have died in a place crash, turns up alive.
A mystery novel centering on the apparent suicide of a wealthy business man.
A caretaker’s missing cat becomes the clue to double dealings over the million dollar estate of a deceased tycoon, bringing expert lawyer Perry Mason to the scene. Reissue.
When a stuttering bishop comes to Perry Mason’s office for help, Mason becomes involved in a battle of wills with a woman and the long lost daughter she believes to be a fraud. The key to the puzzle lies in the bishop who, unfortunately, has disappeared. Reissue.
When Matilda Benson solicits the help of Perry Mason, her request seems simple enough: cruise to a gambling ship moored just beyond the twelve mile limit and buy back the IOUs signed by Miss Benson’s niece. But after Mason reaches the floating casino, he discovers problems aplenty most notably the ship’s owner with a bullet hole through his head.
Strangely enough, Matilda and her niece are also on board that night…
when someone tosses a gun over the railing. Does Perry Mason’s client have something to hide? With the support of his trusty secretary, Della Street, and the ever helpful Paul Drake, Mason dives into an ocean of menace.
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When a murdered man is found in the home of shady insurance adjustor Walter Prescott, a simple divorce case turns into a courtroom puzzler, as Perry Mason follows the clues to catch a killer. Reissue.
HELL ON HEELSAfter her well to do Aunt Sarah is caught shoplifting, Virginia Trent is convinced she needs to seek psychiatric help for kleptomania. So why does Virginia turn to legal eagle Perry Mason? Because a cache of valuable diamonds left in Sarah’s care has suddenly vanished into thin air. Virginia thinks Sarah swiped the stones, but gem dealer Austin Cullens begs to differ. In fact, he’s prepared to forgive and forget until he is mysteriously murdered and Sarah is caught running from the crime scene. Now it appears the lady with the sticky fingers may have blood on her hands…
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POLLY WANT A KILLER
Did the wealthy Fremont C. Sabin divorce his wife before his untimely death? That’s the multimillion dollar question. And the right answer will mean a windfall for either the dead man’s angry son or headstrong widow. Each has accused the other of destroying Sabin’s will and murdering Sabin. But with no document declaring who the affable eccentric intended to leave his fortune to, Perry Mason faces a particularly prickly puzzle.
Even more puzzling, however, is the talking parrot. Casanova was Fremont Sabin’s beloved pet. But the bird found at the crime scene proves to be a foul mouthed impostor. Suffice it to say that more than a few feathers will be ruffled as Mason sets out to clip a clever killer’s wings…
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1969 reissue of this Perry Mason Series title.
POLLY WANT A KILLERDid the wealthy Fremont C. Sabin divorce his wife before his untimely death? That’s the multimillion dollar question. And the right answer will mean a windfall for either the dead man’s angry son or headstrong widow. Each has accused the other of destroying Sabin’s will and murdering Sabin. But with no document declaring who the affable eccentric intended to leave his fortune to, Perry Mason faces a particularly prickly puzzle. Even more puzzling, however, is the talking parrot. Casanova was Fremont Sabin’s beloved pet. But the bird found at the crime scene proves to be a foul mouthed impostor. Suffice it to say that more than a few feathers will be ruffled as Mason sets out to clip a clever killer’s wings…
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Successful florist Mildred Faulkner finds that the flower business is no bed of roses when arch competitor Harry Peavis secretly buys stock in her small, family owned business. To keep from being muscled out of her own company, Mildred goes to Perry Mason. But the legal eagle is stymied when Mildred’s company is plundered by her brother in law to pay off gambling debts. The money trail leads to a nightclub hostess and her boss. When both are found dead, the trail of evidence leads back to Mildred.
Aspiring actress Stephanie Claire just wants to be in pictures. But she may end up in mug shots when she gets herself caught up in a crime. It’s up to Perry Mason to find the truth behind a suspicious scenario starring a menacing movie mogul, a hoodwinked housewife, and a man no one ever seen alive! Reissue.
A spanking new tin can, secretly placed among the rows of Mrs. Florence Gentrie’s preserves, contains not a speck of food but it does carry one very damning clue to a murder that took place right next door. Such an unsavory discovery in such an unlikely place can’t help but pique the curiosity of a dedicated mystery hunter like Perry Mason.
But the real mystery about this murder is who and where is the victim? Upstairs neighbor Elston A. Karr heard the telltale sounds of foul play, but his foul temperament and his own dark secrets make him most uncooperative. It takes a second murder to clear up the mystery of the missing body and to make Perry Mason the next prime candidate to disappear…
The Original Courtroom Novels
Criminal lawyer and all time 1 mystery author Erle Stanley Gardner wrote close to 150 novels that have sold 300 million copies worldwide. Today, the great Gardner tradition continues with many of his classics back in print, as well as brand new additions to the ever popular series starring the incomparable Perry Mason.
Wealthy John L. Witherspoon hires Perry Mason to delve into a twenty year old murder case in order to prove that the young man Witherspoon’s daughter intends to marry has homicidal impulses in his genes.
Ten years ago, town banker Franklin Shore left all his money behind, disappeared, and was presumed to be dead. Now the word is that Franklin has returned, very much alive. The shock waves lead to the discovery of a carefully buried check forging scheme and to murder. The logical suspect is Gerald Shore, Franklin’s brother, who’s long been shut out of what he’d considered his rightful share of Franklin’s estate.
When a key witness is pronounced missing, the police say it’s Franklin Shore, vanished for the second time. Perry Mason has two clients to defend against serious criminal charges Gerald Shore, and his own secretary, Della Street…
In order to help her seriously ill boyfriend, gorgeous Sally Madison sets out to separate wealthy Harrington Faulkner from some of his money by offering him a cure for his ailing exotic fish, but her plan goes awry when the fish mysteriously vanish and Faulkner turns up dead. Reissue.
Another in the original courtroom novels that inaugurated the legal thriller genre finds Mason tracing the origins of two mysterious checks sent to him by a woman he has never heard of, who has run away with her daughter’s boyfriend. Reissue.’
A suspicious Miss Lonelyhearts advertiseme*nt leads the famous defense attorney into an imbroglio involving a disputed will, a key witness, and a greedy relative in a reissue of one of the original Perry Mason books. Reissue.’
When Perry Mason questioned Lucille Barton, she lied about her past, about her many marriages, about her gun, about her boyfriends. Then the murders began. And the cops turned up evidence that clearly pointed to one killer Perry Mason!
When a wealthy man’s quickie Mexican divorce lands him in a financial tug of war with his fortune hunting wife, Perry Mason is caught in the middle. But a bullet takes the former Mrs. out of the game and pits Perry Mason against a murderer.
A frantic woman desperate to retain Perry Mason’s services suddenly disappears. The only clues are a news clipping about a blackmail case and the combination to a safe. The case is a tangled web involving an eccentric widower, a sexy cigarette girl, a shady real estate broker, a wife, a lover, and too many loose ends. HC: Morrow.
The Case of the Grinning Gorilla by Erle Stanley Gardner: A Perry Mason Mystery. From the front and back cover: ‘And so you paid five dollars for that package and you don’t even know what’s in it?’ Della Street said in exasperation. ‘Why?’ ‘Well,’ Perry Mason answered, ‘The public administrator was holding an auction and no one bid on this package. So I started the bidding with five dollars, and the next thing I knew I was stuck with it. It’s marked: ‘Private personal belongings, matter of Estate of Helen Cadmus.”’Wasn’t she the girl who committed suicide by jumping from some millionaire’s yacht?’ ‘She was Benjamin Addicks’ private secretary. The assumption was that she jumped overboard. But as I remember it the body was never found.’ The phone rang. Della Street listened for a moment and then said: ‘The Inquirer has heard about you buying the Cadmus diaries. They want to send a photographer and a reporter and do a human interest story.’ ‘Tell them to come on up,’ Mason said. ‘I’ll pose.’ That should have been an end to it, but when Benjamin Addicks offered one thousand dollars for that five dollar package, Perry Mason really got interested. And then began perhaps the most bizarre case in his career which ended only when he was trapped by three killers two human and one a crazed and grinning gorilla!
Perry Mason has no hesitation about defending penniless ex salesman Albert Brogan against a charge of armed robbery. That’s because nightclub hostess Inez Kaylor’s testimony will guarantee that the accusations against the alleged hold up mon won’t hold up in court. But when the hostess has the bad manners to stand Mason up instead of taking the stand, Perry’s defense may not have a leg to stand on. Failure to find the AWOL witness in forty eight hours could cost an innocent mon his liberty and his life, when the prosecution serves up a shocking new charge of murder! But the high tailing hostess has a host of her own secrets, and a cast of shady characters from Los Angeles to Las Vegas is determined to keep them and her hidden. It all adds up to a whirlwind working weekend for Mason: if he cant get the goods and the girl by Monday morning when the gavel falls, so will the ax…
Sylvia Bain Atwood, a green eyed beauty in charge of her ailing father’s estate, calls on Perry Mason when one of her father’s creditors tries to blackmail the family.
Her husband was stealing her money, while accusing her of a plot to poison him or so claims the frightened young Mrs. Myrna Davenport. She wants Perry Mason to find the incriminating note her husband left for the authorities accusing her of murder especially now that Davenport is dying. Perry finds the envelope, but it’s filled with blank paper. Then Davenport does die, or so everyone thinks until his alleged corpse climbs out a window and drives away straight into a prepared open grave in another county. With Davenport finally dead, Perry could become a possible accessory to murder. And though the victim died twice, Perry gets only one clear shot at saving his client and himself.
THE NAKED AND THE VERY DEAD
The blonde wandering nude at the Remuda Golf Club tells Perry Mason a strange story: While she peacefully sun bathed near the course, someone made off with her Cadillac, her trailer, and all her belongings including her precious diary.
The woman blames the police, who suspect her of having stashed away nearly half a million dollars allegedly stolen by her father, who is now in prison. She swears that both she and her father are innocent. So who is bankrolling her leisurely lifestyle? Why is she so desperate to find her diary? And who, if not Mason’s beautiful client, would murder a key witness? In a virtuoso courtroom performance, Mason exposes the staggering truth.
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Joan Kirby doesn’t believe her husband’s story about picking up a stranded woman in the middle of the night and dropping her off at a hotel. She asks Perry Mason to cross examine him. Mason uncovers a much murkier trail involving murder, illegal adoption, stolen narcotics and blackmail.
The voice on the phone was young and silky. The woman it belonged to touched something soft in Perry Mason’s cool, legalistic mind. The offer she made was too intriguing to pass up. But what began as a request for a simple courtroom visit turned into an intrigue of baffling complexity as well as one of the most cleverly rigged frame ups of Perry’s career. Its a case of a family blessed with millions and, riddled with scandal, a case of accidental manslaughter that explodes into a charge of airtight murder, a case of a corpse dying not once, but twice. To save his client, Perry will have to break all the rules and more than one law.
Take a no holds barred proxy war for a rich Texas oil company, with Jerry Conway, its young president, fighting for survival. Add a beautiful woman in a mudpack and not much else who gives up a freshly fired . 38 to Conway before she shows him the door. Top it off with the body of another young woman with a bullet in her chest fired by the same gun, and you have the recipe for the perfect murder and the perfect frame up. Perry Mason has two problems. His client, Jerry Conway, is the prime suspect. And Perry himself is the accused accessory…
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.
Perry Mason, the world’s fovorite lawyer, makes crime pay in this hardboiled mystery. An amateur photographer is killed, and the beautiful young model he was capturing in the eye of his camera disappears. Perry Mason and his crew try to solve the mystery before it becomes a case of murder by month. HC: Morrow.
Ellen Robb does more than just sing for her supper she also dances and sells cigarettes in a two bit gambling parlor in a one horse town. But when she hits a sour note with her scheming employer by refusing to help fleece a fat cat customer in a crooked card game, she finds herself out of all three jobs. That’s when she sings her song of woe to Perry Mason, who promises to turn her blues into greenbacks with the help of his crack team, Della Street and Paul Drake, and a hefty lawsuit. Things are humming along just fine until murder interrupts the merry melody of Mason’s crafty legal maneuvers. When the vindictive wife of Ellen Robb’s not so secret lover turns up shot to death, Mason is certain it’s a frame up and that his songbird client’s belligerent boss is to blame. Until his own gun is found at the scene. The cocksure Mason will have to change his tune and do some quick thinking or else this case could be his swan song. The Perry Mason NovelsCriminal lawyer and all time 1 mystery author Erle Stanley Gardner wrote close to 150 novels that have sold 300 million copies worldwide. Today, the great Gardner tradition continues with many of his classics back in print, as well as brand new additions to the ever popular series starring the incomparable Perry Mason.
LETHAL CABIN FEVERGladys Doyle’s luxurious ski weekend, courtesy of her employer, takes a sharp turn for the worse when she heads home on Sunday. Heavy storms force her to seek shelter with a surly stranger in a lonely mountain cabin. Next morning there’s a dead man in the bedroom, the mysterious host has disappeared, and poor Gladys’s fingerprints are all over the murder weapon. Her desperate plight sends Perry Mason ice fishing in dangerous waters for a catch that includes a silk scarf curiously decorated with monkeys, a pristine tea kettle, a bodyguard who takes care of his clients permanently, and a viscious bottom feeder hungry for prey…
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ENGAGED TO A NIGHTMAREWhen Norda Allison sees her husband to be slap his young son, she immediately calls off the wedding. Now she is terrified. Her ex fianc has beat up her new boyfriend. Anonymous newspaper clippings are flooding her mailbox articles graphically depicting what jilted men do to the women who leave them. Then Norda’s life takes an even darker turn. It begins with a barking dog, a child’s scream, a gunshot, and the discovery of a very dead body and ends when Norda is arrested, charged with a brutal murder. Now only brilliant courtroom strategist Perry Mason stands between Norda and a sentence of certain death…
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A mysterious young woman, Dorrie Ambler, wishes to prove her identity to Perry Mason. She wants him to witness her appendectomy scar, claiming she has a double. The double turns out to be Minerva Minden, madcap heiress of Montrose. Mason has his work cut out for him when his investigation leads him to a dead man in an apartment building.
In the readers’ court, no one objects to a full docket of Perry Mason. Virginia Baxter is the only witness still living who can vouch for the authenticity of Lauretta Trent’s will. Now, Lauretta has been murdered on the highway after almost being poisoned. Confused? Just think how Virginia’s lawyer, Perry Mason, must feel. HC: Morrow.
A beautiful debutante”s wealthy uncle is mis sing, and strange relatives are counting her out of his fort une. Then a dead man surfaces, pointing his finger straight at her. Now she”s desperate. Perry Mason takes on the case. ‘
Selma Arlington is engaged to a wealthy widower. His heirs don’t want him to tie the knot. Perry Mason is asked by Selma to prove she is neither a gold digger nor a murderer of her first husband, but incriminating evidence comes to light.
SILENCE IS MURDERPerry Mason’s beautiful new client isn’t giving anything away, not even her name, and he suspects that what she does choose to reveal is mostly lies. Certainly the bag full of cash she carries isn’t shopping money. All the mystery woman asks is that Mason make himself available for a few days in case she needs him for what purpose, she remains silent as the grave. In fact, his headstrong client, who identifies herself only as ’36 24 36,’ is headed for disaster not only into a blackmailer’s clutches but into a lethal trap from which not even Perry Mason’s brilliant courtroom sorcery may be able to extricate her. Alive, anyway…
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When Mae Farr becomes the presumed stalking victim of wealthy playboy Penn Wentworth, she asks Perry for help. Wentworth say he merely wants her for forging his name on a check. Farr claims he just wants her. Mae is willing to play hardball. But fatal gunplay rocks the boat leaving Wentworth dead, Mae a wanted woman, and Perry Mason in troubled waters.
Mexico mari*juana and murder who done it
Before he created Perry Mason, Erle Stanley Gardner 1889 1970 was one of the most popular writers for the mystery and adventure pulp magazines, with their sensational covers, two fisted heroes, and non stop action. The Patent Leather Kid is an elegant crook, hiding his identity with mask, gloves, and shoes made out of black patent leather. In truth, he is a wealthy, seemingly indolent socialite, who becomes a terror to the underworld. In the gang ridden world of the Depression, The Kid knows that the rulers of today were the corpses of tomorrow, where survival was the price of keen observation and rapid thought ; His enemy, Inspector Brame, believes that The Kid is apparently one who loves adventure. His crimes are committed for excitement, rather than gain. And, in everything he does, he gives proof of a superior mentality This is the third volume in Crippen & Landru’s collections of Erle Stanley Gardner’s short stories. The book is edited by the modern master of the private eye story, Bill Pronzini. The cover is by Gail Cross. It is also the 30th in Crippen & Landru’s series of Lost Classics mystery stories by great writers of the past.
First Edition in Hardback of these Ken Corning Collected 6 Stories that originally appeared in Black Mask
MIKE HAMMER AND OTHER ADVENTURES
Probably the most influential mystery writer to emerge after the Second World War and certainly the bestseller was Mickey Spillane and his tough P.I. Mike Hammer. I, the Jury, Kiss Me Deadly, and other novels introduced a tough, fast and violent hero who lived in a tough, fast, and violent world, but which he described with a rough poetry.
Byline: Mickey Spillane is a treasury of riches for Spillane fans. It includes in short story form two Mike Hammer cases which later appeared as novels, a long lost Hammer story which was recovered by Lynn F. Myers, Jr., the transcript of a Mike Hammer playlet, three reproductions of rare comic books featuring Mike’s predecessors Mike Lancer and Mike Danger who were also created by Mickey Spillane, as well as fourteen articles by Mickey Spillane when he himself lived a life of adventure diving for sunken treasure, racing sports cars, working in a circus, and chasing hot rod moonshiners.
Edited and with introduction by Spillane experts Max Allan Collins, and Lynn F. Myers, Jr., Byline: Mickey Spillane is an extraordinary collection by an extraordinary writer. The cover design is by Gail Cross.
MY NAME IS ZOOM! Before he created Perry Mason, Erle Stanley Gardner 1889 1970 was one of the most popular writers for the mystery and adventure pulp magazines, with their sensational covers, two fisted heroes, and non stop action. Among his toughest characters was Sidney Zoom, wealthy yacht owner who prowls at night to help the downtrodden in the days of the Great Depression. The weak and the helpless found in him a haven of refuge, a gigantic wall of strength. The oppressor found in him a grim enemy, tireless uncompromising, letting no man made law stand between him and his prey. His soul craved combat, Gardner writes, as the soul of many men craves strong drink. The Casebook of Sidney Zoom is the first book collection of the Zoom stories, and they show Gardner’s pulp style at it hard hitting best. This is the second volume in Crippen & Landru s collections of Erle Stanley Gardner s short stories. The book is edited by the modern master of the private eye story, Bill Pronzini. The cover illustration is by Juha Lindroos, and the Lost Classics design is by Deborah Miller.
Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘Murders in the Rue Morgue’ launched the detective story in 1841. The genre began as a highbrow form of entertainment, a puzzle to be solved by a rational sifting of clues. In Britain, the stories became decidedly upper crust: the crime often committed in a world of manor homes and formal gardens, the blood on the Persian carpet usually blue. But from the beginning, American writers worked important changes on Poe’s basic formula, especially in use of language and locale. In The Oxford Book of American Detective Stories, Tony Hillerman and Rosemary Herbert bring together thirty three tales that illuminate both the evolution of crime fiction in the United States and America’s unique contribution to this highly popular genre. From elegant ‘locked room’ mysteries, to the hard boiled realism of the ’30s and ’40s, to the great range of styles seen today, this superb collection includes the finest crime writers, including Erle Stanley Gardner, Raymond Chandler, Ross Macdonald, Rex Stout, Ellery Queen, Ed McBain, Sue Grafton, and Hillerman, a best selling crime writer himself. And we sample a wide variety of styles, from tales with a strongly regional flavor, to hard edged pulp fiction, to stories with a feminist perspective. Throughout, the editors provide highly knowledgeable introductions to each piece, written from the perspective of fellow writers and reflecting a life long interest not to say love of this quintessentially American genre. Hillerman and Herbert bring us a gold mine of glorious stories that can be read for sheer pleasure, but that also illuminate how the crime story evolved from the drawing room to the back alley, and how it came to explore every corner of our nation and every facet of our lives.
New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver’s enviable task? Choose the best mystery/horror detective stories from a century of work by the world’s most celebrated writers. The result is a triumph, featuring masterpieces of suspense by: Robert Bernard Robert Bloch Lawrence Block Anthony Boucher Frederic Brown James M. Cain Max Allan Collins Jeffery Deaver Stanley Ellin Harlan Ellison Erle Stanley Gardner Ed Gorman Anna Katharine Green Jeremiah Healy Patricia Highsmith Reginald Hill Tony Hillerman Evan Hunter Stephen King John Lutz John D. MacDonald Ross MacDonald Michael Malone Steve Martini Sharyn McCrumb Margaret Millar Marcia Muller Sara Paretsky Bill Pronzini Ellery Queen Ruth Rendell Lisa Scottoline Georges Simenon Mickey Spillane Rex Stout Janwillem van de Wetering Donald E. Westlake