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The Case Of The Crying Swallow: A Perry Mason Novelette And Other Stories (Perry Mason #83)

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He announced himself as Mr. Cash.
His calling cars was ten crisp hundred-dollar bills!
"My wife has disappeared," he told Perry Mason. "She's in trouble of some sort. I want you to find her."
Mr. Cash's wife was indeed in trouble of a most serious sort. First her jewelry disappeared. And Perry Mason had to find her before the police could arrest her--for murder!
Published (first published 1971)
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Evelyn
Jun 09, 2015 Evelyn rated it it was amazing
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A Perry Mason novella along with three enjoyable short stories that are linked by a common theme ... stolen jewelry. As it is almost always the case with a mystery written by Earle Stanley Gardner in the 1930s and 1940s the stories are gems from a bygone era and it is a lot of fun to read them.
Tony
Dec 09, 2015 Tony rated it liked it
THE CASE OF THE CRYING SWALLOW. (1947). Erle Stanley Gardner. ***.
If you had not read any of the Perry Mason books, this might be a good place to start. First off, it is very short; described as a novelette. It introduces all of the usual players that are present in a Mason case: Perry Mason, the well-known lawyer, Della Street, his confidential secretary, and Paul Drake, the out-sourced detective that Perry uses for his investigations. In this tale, Perry is approached by a wealthy ex-military
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Chazzi
Feb 04, 2016 Chazzi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The title is the first story in this book. A novelette of one of Perry Mason's cases. It has the twists and turns and surprises of his full length books and all the main characters.

Lester Leith is the main character in "The Candy Kid". Leith was introduced to the public in 1929. A cross between Raffles and Philo Vance, whose source of support for his luxurious life style is a mystery to all. Assisted by his valet, Scuttle, are able to solve some very intriguing crimes. By the way, Scuttle isn't
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Ed
Dec 02, 2014 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Perry Mason novella accompanied by 3 longish short stories featuring some of Erle Stanley Gardner's series characters found only in stories from the pulps. Lots of fun in this excursion with early pulp characters.

SS - Features the novella The Case of the Crying Swallow (1947) in which Perry Mason solves the case of the death of a blackmailer and the disappearance of an amnesiac wife. Accompanying Perry Mason are: Lester Leith in The Candy Kid (1931) wherein Lester gets involved in finding gems
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Emily Crow
I have to admit that I only read the first novelette, and that was just because I couldn't resist the title. And it was short. It wasn't terrible, but I found it too staid and formulaic to be really enjoyable. I think I just can't get into the Perry Mason thing. Like Lawrence Welk, it seems too firmly ensconced in my grandparents' day. On the other hand, I imagine there are plenty of readers who would enjoy the nostalgia factor.
Les Anderson
Jul 26, 2016 Les Anderson rated it it was ok
An unsatisfying read overall. The Mason mystery was missing both Mason's trademark courtroom scenes and his adversaries in the LAPD and the D.A's office. Unfortunately, the Mason story was the best of the bunch. It's fun to watch Mason outwit the police in the name of justice, but it's not fun to watch Lester Leith do it in order to line his pocketbook. Sidney Zoom was an interesting concept that, like many interesting concepts, did not translate to an interesting story. What to say about Bane? ...more
Stephen Brooke
Sep 17, 2014 Stephen Brooke rated it liked it
I read this collection of a short novel and three short stories by Gardener only because it was included in a single volume with a more interesting Agatha Christie novel. The title tale is decent enough, pretty much the equivalent of a well-done television detective show episode and similarly intended to entertain. There is not really much below the surface of a Perry Mason story.

The other three stories come off as a bit gimmicky. But short mysteries tend to that as there not much room for devel
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Rupesh Goenka
Dec 24, 2015 Rupesh Goenka rated it did not like it
There are four short crime stories in the book beginning with Perry Mason mystery. The use of different detective characters in each of the story plus some ordinary plots makes this novel a very miserable read.
Beth Works
Sep 12, 2014 Beth Works rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Changed books in mid story.

This particular version changed from the correct book to a completely different book only partially into the correct story. I'm glad I borrowed this one, not bought.
Francesca
Jun 06, 2016 Francesca rated it it was ok
-Carino-

Perry Mason indaga sulla scomparsa della moglie di un milionario avvenuta il giorno dopo un furto di gioielli. Un giallo classico che si legge in un soffio.
Freya
May 15, 2015 Freya rated it really liked it
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I really enjoyed some of these stories. Sidney zoom and Rip were my favourites. You can almost see how Perry Mason and Paul Drake are taking life in Gardner's mind.
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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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