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‘For fans of classic hard-boiled whodunits, this is a time machine back to an exuberant era of snappy patter, stakeouts, and double-crosses’ LA Times

‘Kingpin among the mystery writers’ New York Times

Muriell Gilman left her father at the breakfast table while she cooked seconds of sausage and eggs. When she returned, he had disappeared – seemingly into thin air.

She searched the house from cellar to attic. Then she went out to the workshop … there, scattered on the floor, were hundred-dollar bills – and in their midst a spreading, crimson stain. That’s when she telephoned Perry Mason, who soon discovers that the missing piece of the mystery seems to belong to his arch nemesis Hamilton Burger.

Reviews

The bestselling author of the century ... a master storyteller
NEW YORK TIMES
For fans of classic hard-boiled whodunits, this is a time machine back to an exuberant era of snappy patter, stakeouts, and double-crosses
LA TIMES
Kingpin among the mystery writers
NEW YORK TIMES
With Perry Mason, Erle Stanley Gardner introduced to American letters the notion of the lawyer as a hero - and a detective - which were remarkable innovations. He even gave defence lawyers a good name to boot. His Mason books remain tantalising on every page and brilliant
Scott Turow, author of Presumed Innocent and Testimony
Amazing originality
NEW YORK TIMES
No one has ever matched Gardner for swift, sure exposition
KIRKUS
Gardner has a way of moving the story forward that is almost a lost art: great stretches of dialogue alternate with lively chunks of exposition, and the two work together perfectly, without sacrificing momentum
BOOKLIST
Millions of Americans never seem to tire of Gardner's thrillers
NEW YORK TIMES