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Two intriguing Perry Mason novels, from the master of suspense
A wealthy prospector is camping in his own back yard, someone tries to poison Perry and Della, Paul Drake poses as a drunken prospector, and the clue to the murder is the sound of a mosquito flying in lazy circles.
First Perry Mason gets his face slapped by a beautiful burglar in his office building, then a Tijuana wedding trip leads to a murder.
A misplaced tin can in a household with a mother, a father, three children, an aunt, and a boarder is not very unusual. But when the tin contains a coded message, and a trail of blood leads from a neighbors' house, the family and the neighbors can barely wait for the arrival of Perry Mason, Della Street, and Paul Drake to solve the mystery.
SILENCE IS MURDER Perry 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 . . . THE ORIGINAL COURTROOM NOVELS
It all begins with the fan-dancer's "costume" - what there is of it.
Perry Mason defends a woman twice--once on theft charges, and then on murder charges.
Perry Mason lives on in the perennially popular courtroom classics that put legal thrillers on the map. Case closed!
When young Steffanie Malden, recently widowed by the death of her husband, the very successful surgeon Summerfield Malden, consults Perry Mason, she wants the $100,000 her husband and nurse hid from his wife and the IRS in a love nest, but changes priorities when the authorities prosecute her for murder.
Some think they saw a ghost, but it is a real live woman with a taste for trouble and a talent getting out of it. Her half sister hires Perry Mason to investigate her latest escapade.
Perry Mason is surprised to hear that someone wants to consult him about a sick goldfish, and the case also concerns a crooked partner, a secret formula, and a gold-digging ingenue accused of murder.
Perry Mason rescues an attractive client who is involved in murder and blackmail.
The mysterious murder of an eccentric millionaire who studied gorillas as a hobby is unraveled by Perry Mason with the help of the diaries of a supposed suicide.
Scott and Marion Shelby are aboard their yacht. Scott is concerned about his oil lease on an island that is up for sale and Marion is occupied by her discovery that her husband is unfaithful. When Scott's dead body ends up overboard and half-awake Marion holds a gun in her hand, it's time for another passenger, Perry Mason, to look into the matter.
A cigarette girl in San Francisco leaves her job and the city abruptly, and hitchhikes to LA, but gets in a car wreck with a would-be Romeo, waking up in the hospital to find herself charged with his death.
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 man 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. . .
In this story, Arthur Cartright seeks out Perry Mason's advice on a neighborhood dog that keeps him awake with its howling. Seems like a strange premise for a story. But before you know it, things blossom and Perry is in the middle of another murder. Cartright's neighbor is dead; Cartright has disappeared; and Cartright's wife, who was posing as the neighbor's wife, is accused of the murder.
[from the back cover] "She was a stunning brunette, in a frightful hurry, and obviously keyed to a high pitch. She handed Perry Mason five $100 pari-mutuel tickets on Dough Boy, who'd run in the third that day, and asked Perry to collect--if the horse had won. She hadn't stayed to find out.... The horse not only won, it paid over eighteen thousand dollars. But as Mason was checking the take, the long arm of the law reached out, claiming that the bet had been made with embezzled funds.... From then on events race down a fast track to a sizzling trial scene that will have you shouting at the rail!"
The Case of the Irate Witness," the mystery which is the star of this collection of 4 novelettes, is the only one that the incomparable Erle Stanley Gardner ever wrote featuring Perry Mason in short story form. Each of the stories revolves around the subject of stolen jewels and each story is a gem in itself. Includes: The Case of the Irate Witness The Jeweled Butterfly Something Like a Pelican A Man is Missing
Perry Mason senses from his first glance that the shapely young woman carrying a caged canary is involved in much more than a traffic accident, and as usual, his hunch proves right.
Criminal attorney Perry Mason receives two retainer checks by mail--both are signed by Lola Allred, but one is forged. Unfortunately, Lola disappears, and her husband claims she has run away with his best friend, Robert Fleetwood. Perry tracks down Lola just as she is implicated in a murder.
Perry Mason is hired to find the identity of an "heiress" who ran ads in a lonely hearts magazine. Later, he defends the heiress against a murder charge.
Mason defends a woman accused of murdering the man who murdered her father. He does so by juggling identical guns until no one knows what is what. The car dealer and his newlywed son are involved.
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