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The Case of the Sulky Girl by Erle Stanley Gardner
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Jun 03, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery, vintage
Read from November 05 to 24, 2012

It's been years since I picked up anything by Erle Stanley Gardener and now I'm wondering what kept me away for so long.

While the writing isn't stellar by today's standards, the story gets told and told well. Pacing is incredible - I would read what I thought was a few pages and found chapters had drifted by somehow. What amazes me is that while the legalese and courtroom procedure both could bog down the story itself, even that has a certain thrill. Is some nostalgia because I heave everything in the voice of Raymond Burr? Or just engaging writing with a twist that you want to see coming but don't quite.

Either way, I will be reading more of these.
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