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The Case of the Lazy Lover (Perry Mason #30)

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MURDER WITH COMPLICATIONS
When Perry Mason receives two mysterious checks from Lola Allred, a woman he's never heard of, he smells trouble. A visit from Lola's husband reveals that she has run away with her daughter's boyfriend--a key witness in an ongoing lawsuit.
The mystery deepens when the bank finds that one of the checks is forged. Yet when homicide finally does rear i
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Mass Market Paperback, 0 pages
Published March 12th 1981 by Ballantine Books (Mm) (first published 1947)
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Tony
THE CASE OF THE LAZY LOVER. (1947). Erle Stanley Gardner. ****.
On the ffep of this edition, there is a blurb in caps: “The Only Author Who Outsells Agatha Christie, Harold Robbins, Barbara Cartland, and Louis L’Amour Combined.” They could probably thrown in T. S. Eliot and Anthony Trollope, too, and still have been correct. I’m not sure what the thrust of such statements is, but It’s likely to be someone who hasn’t read any of the Perry Mason novels and is embarrassed into doing so. Anyway… this
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Ed
#30 in the Perry Mason series. A complex yarn with a client who has trouble telling the truth. That may sound like a lot of Perry Mason tales, but this one ups the ante. Keep an eye on the daughter, the father says her mother has eloped with her boyfriend. Watch the mother, she sent a retainer check to Perry Mason - or was it two checks - and for what? Check out the father - in litigation with everyone - does he have an ally? And what of the boyfriend - everyone is looking for him, except the gi ...more
Ancie
Like Calvin asked me, 'Isn't it frustrating to read an entire story n still not know who actually did it?' :)
Yes, it would have been better if Gardner had told us the culprit too. As of now, v r free to imagine whosoever. Just that it isn't his client! Sigh!
Stacy
This book was hanging around my bed for ages and I brought it on this trip with the idea of discarding it. It and the Follett are left behind at the cottage we were renting in England. I started to skim near the end as everyone kept telling us what happened on the road and their version of who had done what and who did the murder. I that point, I didn't really care. I did get a kick out of the setting, with its dial phones, women wearing gloves and endless smoking.
Joy
It was such fun to be back in the detective genre. I believe this was my first Perry Mason book. From infrequent viewing of the TV series, I just pictures Mason in dramatic courtroom revelations, but in this book he is doing the basic detective work. Good characters and surprise ending.
Barbara
Classic Perry Mason ... does anyone tell the truth ...

This one had me guessing to the end, an intricate tale with many threads and the wonderful style of Erle Stanley Gardner.
Tony Boskovich
Finally!!! We were given all the clues to figure it out. It took 30 novels to do it, but it was worth it.
Mary
Another typical outing...I am getting better at spotting the pivotal clues!
Rijo John
Good mystery, nice analysis of clues as well. Good read!!
Pratik Burman
Love the author and the character :)
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Erle 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. I
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