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The author of the book: Erle Stanley Gardner
Edition: House of Stratus
Date of issue: January 1st 2009
ISBN 13: 9781842320884
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 33.98 MB
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A wealth businessman Horace Warren hired Mason to attend his party in order to observe the guests. He also produced a lifted fingerprint asking the lawyer to check if it matches any of his guests or servants. His suspected that it was done by a person blackmailing his wife so he asked to protest her from whoever left that print.
Thanks to Paul Drake's interesting methods the fingerprints of every single person in the house were collected and (very unexpected) match was found.
In Mason's dealing with blackmailers he always followed the rule about the best offense being the best defense. He cooked up a crazy scheme designed to scare the person into running away and never coming back.
A dead body appeared throwing a wrench in Mason's plans and threatening to involve him as one of the suspects.
Mason had to defend not only his client who became a target in a very good framing, but also himself - against the accusation of unethical conduct. Not only he delivered he also almost managed to redirect unethical conduct accusation at his accuser and archenemy Hamilton M. Burger.
The common wisdom is that the later Mason books became weaker. This is one of them - later book that is. I can confirm that the villain came up a little unexpectedly and abrupt, but the mystery and its build-up were still great and quite on the level with the earlier books. As I said before some of them are a little better, some are a little weaker, but I have yet to find a really weak one. 4 stars.
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Read information about the authorErle Stanley Gardner was an American lawyer and author of detective stories who also published under the pseudonyms A.A. Fair, Kyle Corning, Charles M. Green, Carleton Kendrake, Charles J. Kenny, Les Tillray, and Robert Parr.
Innovative and restless in his nature, he was bored by the routine of legal practice, the only part of which he enjoyed was trial work and the development of trial strategy. In his spare time, he began to write for pulp magazines, which also fostered the early careers of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. He created many different series characters for the pulps, including the ingenious Lester Leith, a "gentleman thief" in the tradition of Raffles, and Ken Corning, a crusading lawyer who was the archetype of his most successful creation, the fictional lawyer and crime-solver Perry Mason, about whom he wrote more than eighty novels. With the success of Perry Mason, he gradually reduced his contributions to the pulp magazines, eventually withdrawing from the medium entirely, except for non-fiction articles on travel, Western history, and forensic science.
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