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The Case of the Howling Dog (Perry Mason #4)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  953 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
Compared to a juicy murder trial, a case of feuding neighbors isn't exactly Perry Mason's cup of tea. But Arthur Cartright insists that Mason is the only one who can muzzle the howling hound that's driving Cartright crazy. But Perry doesn't realize just how crazy until he meets his client's neighbor. Clinton Foley says Cartright is barking up the wrong tree with his canine ...more
Paperback, Large Print, 279 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Thorndike Press (first published 1934)
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Mar 02, 2016 Evgeny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A man came to Perry Mason for a simple and innocent consultation on two trivial issues. He wanted to make a will and had some questions about it. He also complained about his neighbor's dog constantly howling and wanted to put a legal pressure on his owner to quiet the animal.
Let me state right here and now that I love dogs. I did however have a personal experience of listening to my neighbor's dog - a large breed - constantly barking at nights. To give you an idea on how bad it was, the rest o
Sep 13, 2016 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE CASE OF THE HOWLING DOG. (1934). Erle Stanley Gardner. ***1/2.
This early Perry Mason case still focuses on the law and the many ways of using it to one’s advantage. It starts out with a complaint by a resident that the next door neighbor has a dog that howls in the night and keeps him awake. If it were only that simple! It seems that the two neighbors have a history of a prior relationship that can only lead to trouble – and the trouble soon follows. Mason takes on the case of the complainan
James Thane
First published in 1934, The Case of the Howling Dog was the fourth entry in Erle Stanley Gardner's long-running series featuring Perry Mason.

At this point, Gardner was still in the process of establishing the formula that he would adhere to once the series hit its stride. Lieutenant Tragg, the intelligent and sympathetic homicide detective, and Hamilton Burger, the D.A. who would become Mason's principal adversary had not yet been introduced. The police department is still represented by the o
Jun 07, 2011 Randy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fourth book in the Perry Mason series, it was made into a film starring Warren William as Mason in 1934.

Decent mystery, but Gardner hadn't fully developed his characters as yet. Della Street and Paul drake doubt him more than once in the novel. He was just beginning to get his reputation as a master criminal lawyer.

Perry is hired by a man to handle his will - and do something about a howling dog at his neighbor's home!

Questioned extensively about preparing wills, the man wanted to leave his esta
Jan 02, 2014 Harold rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perry finally gets into the courtroom in this one. There were no courtroom scenes in the previous (first)three although the lack of a courtroom didn't prevent Perry from cross examining everyone in site. Perry is still in tough guy mode but he's smoothing out a bit. Della is obviously smitten with her boss and Paul Drake is in character from the first book on.

I loved it! The howling dog fits nicely into the mystery and plays an unexpected part in the final twist, which tidily tops off a good mys
Teismelisena sai üsna mitut Perry Masoni raamatut loetud, aga huvitaval kombel ei pannud ma aastaid tagasi tähele, kui ülbe see tegelane kohati olla võib.
Lugu on huvitav ja küllaltki põnev.

Ütlusi ja katkeid raamatust:

lk 30
"Siin riigis on täpselt sama palju raha, nagu alati on olnud. See lihtsalt ei ringle samam kiirusega, Seepärast tundubki, et kellelgi raha pole."

lk 93
"Me oleme aru saanud, et selle juhtumi kallal töötamine on teile päris korralikult sisse toonud," ütles Holcomb.
Perry Mason hai
Oct 07, 2010 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, classics
First, an admission. I never watched the Perry Mason TV series. I know who he was and the general idea of the shows, but this book is my first true meeting with Perry Mason, and I have to say I'm impressed. As a lawyer, he's all for representing his client, even if his actions are sometimes skirting the edge of legal.

The story starts with a client coming to Perry Mason's office to discuss a will and a complaint about a howling dog, but a seemingly simple case leads to murder and it's up to Perry
Oct 27, 2008 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It would be difficult to call Erle Stanley Gardner a great writer. It is obvious that he dictated the books and didn't always scrupulously blend the successive dictated sesions. Often the Perry Mason mysteries turn on coincidence and convenience--but that said, nobody could set up a mystery better than Gardner, and the books are fun to read. Also, you can learn a fair amount about the law and legal strategy reading the Masons. The earlier ones (I belive "Howling Dog" was the first) don't quite j ...more
Aug 04, 2015 ben rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First, I would like to say this was an enjoyable book and I likely would have rated it higher except for a few reasons. One, it is the earliest Perry Mason novel I have read yet and the others have all been a good way into the series 50-70 range or so. Therefore I have a certain picture of the characters and their mannerisms that Gardner took years to refine and seeing this rough form where Mason is much more rugged and Drake just seemed to lack some of the air he has later on - not too mention ...more
William P.
Sep 24, 2012 William P. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hardcopy
This is my first Perry Mason novel, and I have to say I love it. It's got everything I enjoy about pulp mysteries and Gardner knew how to write this stuff. I have a sneaking hunch that you could probably pick up any one of the eighty-some-odd novels in this series and have a blast with it. Some of of the mystery is pretty obvious, some of the plot is nutty, but it's fun, it's fast, and it's a great read.
Sep 30, 2014 Pallavi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When you read the title of this book it will sound vague, but I must say Erle Stanley Gardner is a great author. The way his hero turns every event into something very different is fabulous. Reading the book of a bygone era in the 21st century is a different experience all-together. The series of events that happen throughout the book is like jumping from 1 to 5. Surprising the reader on the last few pages is one of the great ability of this author. The hero sees something unimportant from the o ...more
Rebecca Mulligan
How to Win a Circumstantial Case

Another five –star delight from Earl Stanley Gardner! This masterpiece focuses on trial preparation and trial of a criminal defense case. This time, Perry Mason represents a woman accused of murdering her husband, who had run away with her good friend. Oddly, her friend's husband retains Perry Mason to represent her and then disappears. Perry Mason's tactics in his representation are designed to defeat various aspects of the circumstantial case and stretch to the
Panu Mäkinen
Sep 15, 2014 Panu Mäkinen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detective
Naapuri väittää, että koira ulvoo, mutta omistaja, että ei ulvo. Tästä kinkkisestä alkuasetelmasta lähtee liikkeelle Erle Stanley Gardnerin neljäs Perry Mason -mysteeri. Pian sekä koira että omistaja löydetään ammuttuina, ja Perry Mason saa puolustettavakseen asiakkaan, joka näyttää olevan korviaan myöten sotkeutunut tapaukseen. Perry Masonin menetelmät asiakkaansa pelastamiseksi ovat Ulvovassa koirassa paljon railakkaammat kuin monessa myöhemmässä romaanissa, joskin keinojen laillisuus punnitaa ...more
Feb 09, 2008 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Another early Perry Mason. One of the plot clues I got, the rest left me baffled as usual. Would have given another star except for the degrading depiction of the Chinese cook. Probably acceptable for its day (1935), but outrageous now.
May 05, 2014 Robyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, library, kindle

In looking for a list of Perry Mason mysteries chronologically I accidentally got spoiled on this one, but it was good anyway. The casual racism toward the Chinese cook was painful, I have to hope the opportunity for more doesn't show up in other books in the series.

Will continue to read them at a rate of one per month as my free selection, only wish the first book was available via KOLL, but I'm sure I can get a print copy through the library sometime.

Oddly, as much as I love the show an
Derek Emerson
Always like the Perry Mason television show, so thought I would try a book. These books were huge sellers in their time, making Erle Stanley Gardner one of the all-time bestselling authors. But I don't think the books will stand the test of time. The Perry Mason of the books is, as expected, brilliant and assertive. But he is also rude, racist, and rather full of himself (had to fit in a third "r" word there). Gardner has that detective noir style going on, but it can wear thin. The writing is s ...more
Richard Ward
Aug 08, 2014 Richard Ward rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading through the Perry Mason novels in order, I liked this one even better than any of the first 3, which I liked a lot. Again this time, Perry Mason is a very different character than he was on TV. He curses some, yells at people to "shut up", doesn't mind intimidating a person physically if need be, and shows clear antagonism toward cops and other government employees. His behaviour in defending his clients blatantly hugs the line between legal and illegal. He deliberately manipulates a jur ...more
False Millennium
I read the first edition published in 1934. You still find the odd spellings from back then: "clews" for clues, lots of racial slurring going on "The Chink Cook," everyone smokes like mad and people still go to speakeasies. The Perry Mason of the early books is much more quick to rise to anger, twist the law, and fly with profanity. Raymond Burr's version seems a tamed beast.
Vesa Ollilainen
Kirja alkoi mielenkiintoisesti - odottomattomat käänteet seurasivat nopeasti toinen toisiaan. Juoni oli todella älykkäästi koostettu, varsinkin koiran ulvonta oli juonen kannalta avainasemassa. Lopussa tarina sai kuitenkin melko uskomattomia käänteitä. Erityisesti Perry Masonin ongelmanratkaisukyky oli jo liian utopistista. Myös käännöstyö oli joissain paikoin huolimatonta.
Shivangi Tiwari
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Dean Anderson
I've watched much of the Raymond Burr serious, but this is the first Perry Mason book I've read. The book was on par with the series for sexism (secretary Della Street is a "girl"), but the racism quotient is higher (the Chinese cook is a "chink".) Perry in the book, as opposed to the TV series, is even more willing to skate near or cross over the line of the law for his client. And surprisingly, the murderer does not stand up and confess in the final dramatic courthouse scene ("And I'd got away ...more
Rupesh Goenka
May 07, 2016 Rupesh Goenka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perry Mason is not only crazy & funny but his method of defending his client during trial in the courtroom are dramatic & spectacular in the book. JOYRIDE SUSPENSE NOVEL.
Lorraine Carmouche
Perry Rocks

I grew up reading these books. They're intelligent, well written, and you can't help but picture the cast from the tv show. I love these books, but younger readers will probably get bored.
Oct 01, 2016 Serena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
My Rating System:
* couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.
Michele bookloverforever
if you thought the TV series was good then you should give the books a try. excellent plotting and a twist to the ending.
Susan Clingman
Dec 26, 2014 Susan Clingman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had never read his books, but was familiar with the TV series and movies. Obviously different than the shows, but great nonetheless.
Walt Carlson
Mar 17, 2015 Walt Carlson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A terrific mystery with a thrilling courtroom scene, this is the best Perry Mason book yet.
Dec 30, 2013 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal, mystery
#4 in the Perry Mason. In this superior series entry, the question is does the dog howl and if so, why?

Perry Mason is hired by Arthur Cartright to get his neighbor's dog to stop howling and to advise on a will. The neighbor says the dog never howled, his wife (apparently really Cartright's wife) disappears - supposedly with Cartright - and he and his dog are discovered shot to death. Perry plays fast and loose with homicide to defend his new client.
Manoj Bharadwaj
For some reason, this is the best Mason that I have read. Tops the list.
Tanya Kennedy
Apr 08, 2016 Tanya Kennedy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I'll admit most of my love for this book is that I found a super old hardback copy at a used bookstore. It was fun and amusing to read.
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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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