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‘Kingpin among the mystery writers’ New York Times

‘His Mason books remain tantalising on every page and brilliant’ Scott Turow, bestselling author of Presumed Innocent

Ellen Robb came into Perry Mason’s office with a gun in her purse. She had been framed, she said, by her gambler employer because she had refused to help fleece a customer.

The customer had dropped nearly $10,000 in the gambling establishment and then done his best to pick up Ellen. His wife, none too pleased with either shenanigan, ended up dead as a herring.

Della said Ellen was too beautiful to be trusted; Perry thought he could find out by switching guns on her – thus starting a series of explosions that nearly blast him out of court …

Reviews

tantalising on every page and brilliant
Scott Turow, author of Presumed Innocent and Testimony
A master storyteller
NEW YORK TIMES
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
The only dull pages in this book are the blank ones just inside the covers
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
Beautiful babes, worthy opponents and fancy legal cross-stitching . . . a stellar ending
KIRKUS
Millions of Americans never seem to tire of Gardner's thrillers
NEW YORK TIMES