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This author is so incredibly readable, his titles are quotable and his books are now classic period pieces. When Perry Mason was solving crimes he had a bottle stashed in every cranny, everyone smoked cigarettes, having a heater in a car was a luxury option, two way radios had just come on the scene, and flash photography was ‘high-tech’. Here’s a sample of what you can expect from this master of the page- turner.


In Erle’s own words: “It’s a damn good story. If you have any comments, write them on the back of a check.”

* * *

“You,” said Della Street, staring at him, “are a cross betwen a saint and a devil.”
“All men are,” said Perry Mason, unperturbed.

* * *

“The courtroom atmosphere was stale with that psychic stench which comes from packed humans whose emotions are roused to a high pitch of excitement.”

* * *

“Why beat about the bush?” Billings said. “She’s Gabby’s moll. She knows who pumped the lead into him. She didn’t tell the police but she knows. Suppose someone should think that she told me?”

* * *

“You’re getting this case all mixed up, brother,” Drake told him.
Perry Mason laughed grimly.
That’s the way I want it,” he said.”


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