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The Case of the Golddigger's Purse (Perry Mason #26)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  221 ratings  ·  13 reviews
In order to help her seriously ill boyfriend, gorgeous Sally Madison sets out to separate wealthy Harrington Faulkner from some of his money by offering him a cure for his ailing exotic fish, but her plan goes awry when the fish mysteriously vanish and Faulkner turns up dead. Reissue.
Mass Market Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 12th 1984 by Fawcett (first published 1945)
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Perhaps not my favorite Perry Mason, but good just the same. Perry's client is a girl trying to get money so her boyfriend can get treatment for TB and she's willing to do almost anything to help him--including keeping secrets from Mason. This is a crazy case involving rare goldfish with gill disease, a ruthless businessman with two wives (one former, one current), and lots of money. Perry's usual plan to get the suspect out of circulation nearly puts Della in jail as an accessory after the fact ...more
"You can't blame a client for lying, any more than you can blame a cat for catching canaries". By that line one can tell that Erle Stanley Gardner was the Scott Turow of his time, a practicing lawyer who was able to use his professional experience to create well written, compelling fiction. While Turow is arguably more of a literary read, a Perry Mason book can be relied upon to deliver a gripping mystery with some laughs and a deep appreciation of human foibles and triumph.
#26 in the Perry Mason series. Perry is forced to accept and defend a client of whose innocence he is not certain. If the client is not acquited, Della Street, Mason's secretary, will be jailed as an accessory after the fact. The mystery is many layered, which is not always a good thing. As in the best of the Mason mysteries, Perry deduces something from the evidence other than what the police have assumed. This time around he intrigues the judge and frustrates the DA, managing to provide his th ...more
Dyah Subagyo
This book in Perry Mason series has just won a personal award from me. It is for 'Book that Contains the Biggest Amount of Douchebags'. Gosh! Almost everyone are very irritating. Tge victim is a leech, the suspect (defendant, if you wish) is a real Jezebel who tells lies as natural as we breath, and the others... They're the best examples on why human begins to lost trust to fellow human. I am having a hard time to understand Mason's decision not to drop his soon-to-be client as early as possibl ...more
A Michael
I liked the tension in this story more than many other Perry Mason books. But the typographical errors in the e-book challenge a reader too much. The publisher is grossly negligent.
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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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