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Book Title: The Case of the Sulky Girl|
The author of the book: Erle Stanley Gardner
Date of issue: January 13th 1992
ISBN 13: 9780345371454
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A sulky girl came to Perry Mason's office. She has a fairly unusual problem. Her father left her a very big chunk of money in a trust managed by her uncle. In case she marries before she is 25, she must get the approval of the latter: he has the power of giving away all her money to charities if he does not approve her choice. Does it sound complicated?
Well, she is 24 and wants to get married right away so she wants Mason to either persuade her uncle to approve her choice, or somehow neutralize his complete power over her inheritance. It looks like a boring legal case, but it swiftly develops into quite a few blackmail attempts and a murder: as I mentioned, big money is involved.
It is the second book of the series and as such the characters are not very well developed. Perry Mason is not as fleshed out as in the later books and his secretary Della Street plays a very passive and small role. It is interesting to note that this in the first time the famous lawyer actually goes to court defending his client; his court battles will become his trademark later in the series.
Another notable feature of the book is the number of blackmails going on - at one point they reached practically one per page; I am talking about different ones by different people.
As a mystery book it is highly entertaining and very easy to read; 4 stars is its final rating.
This review is a copy/paste of my BookLikes one: http://gene.booklikes.com/post/898547...
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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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