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The Case of the Troubled Trustee

(Perry Mason #75)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  761 ratings  ·  41 reviews
An erstwhile young man has his hands full as trustee of a wild young woman's inheritance. But his love and her money don't mix. Perry Mason may be able to prove his client is no embezzler--but what happens when murder rears its head? HC: William Morrow and Co. ...more
Hardcover, 1st, 168 pages
Published 1965 by Walter J. Black Inc.
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Kieran McAndrew
Jul 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When the young trustee of an estate comes to Perry Mason with a delicate legal problem, it doesn't take long for Mason to realise that the situation may be more dire than he first realised. Hiring Paul Drake to tail his client, it comes as something of a shock when he crosses the Mexican border, which can be seen as evidence of guilt under California law.

Gardner's knowledge of his principal characters allows this novel to spin out into a thrilling case where everyone must work together to unmask
Why o why?? Why Mason has to manipulate?

Though I know the answer. He says for him client's interest is first and foremost.

However, some of his tricks seem unnecessary.

"Now, I'm willing to bet that you made a stop at a culvert, got out of your car and tossed the murder weapon and perhaps some other incriminating evidence into the culvert."

"And the police have that?" Dutton asked in dismay. "The police have that." "Then there's nothing left for youto do," Dutton said, "except have me plead guilt
Mahoghani 23
Kind of threw me off my love of Perry Mason. I didn’t get the build up that usually precedes the ending. Nor did I ever perceive the killer to be whom it turned out as. An okay read on a gloomy Tuesday.
Ron Zack
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Erle Stanley Gardner’s “The Troubled Trustee” is a typical Perry Mason formula novel. It opens with an unscheduled potential client showing up at the office and paying Mason a lot of money to represent him in a questionable matter. Mason hesitatingly takes the case, unsure of the sincerity and/or innocence of his new client. Other people, vaguely related to the “client” show up and thicken the plot. Mason struggles with the ethical implications of his new case and client and hires private detect ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little shorter than the average Perry Mason case, Troubled Trustee doesn't have quite as many twists, clues or tricks (the only reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars). Otherwise it's as absorbing as always; I finished it in one day.
There is an interesting observation by Mason about District Attorney Hamilton Burger:
Mason shook his head. "Usually Hamilton Burger doesn't have a chance to strut his stuff. I get the witness on cross-examination and uncover some point which enables me to prove t
Jul 04, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perry Mason, just the lawyer you want defending you when you are up against a charge of murder. That’s what Kerry Dutton, accused of a nefarious murder, faced while serving as a trustee of a fund bequeathed to the woman he loves. Author, Erle Stanley Gardner, delivers another thriller, albeit a little dated with wooden, two-dimensional characters with a splash of humor thrown in here and there. Yet one doesn’t read Perry Mason because they’re great literature. One reads them for an entertaining ...more
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Audio Voice doesn't match Della Street's description

The story is so great 5 stars for this. I love Perry Mason books and I love Gardner.

It's in the audio that I was annoyed. In the book Della is not an old lady but someone who should be younger with curves and is attractive as described in the book. But the voice reading her conversations was a very old lady with a froggy sound and it irritates my ears. I always picture the person through his/her voice. In this audio, the voice doesn't fit with
Ashwin Dongre
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As usual a unique plot, great twists, and a satisfying ending.

For the first time Hamilton Burger gets to cross-examine Mason's witnesses. I wish the climax was in court though. The culprit is not really very hard to guess, however the motive is. It is mentioned almost in passing at the beginning, and it is mentioned as pulled out o hat in the end. But it does not peeve you. I just wish the climax was in the courtroom.

All in all a good Perry Mason mystery. Most reccomended.
Ebenezer Arvigenius
In some ways the typical Perry Mason novel. Crisp, concise, writing, quick but effective characterization, courtroom and defence strategy dazzle and a murder plot that keeps you guessing at what really happened.

On the downside the (pretty rushed) solution is rather obscure and in some regards unlikely. Furthermore it's not really arrived at by deduction but rather a rather far-fetched hunch that unexpectedly pays off.

Would probably make a better TV episode than book. I still liked it for the sma
Chris Mcgowan
(Audiobook Dec 2018) - Did not realize I was grabbing a Perry Mason case from likely the '80's. It was humorous to hear about the "best steak dinner in town" being a reward for a job well done, including their spouse or significant other and also the reliance on pay phones. OK storyline of whodunnit. ...more
Khurshid Ali
Nov 10, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading Earle Stanley Gardener’s Perry Mason series reminds me where my love for the legal thrillers start. I have read so many authors and only a few can match up to to this author.

Enter a man who misrepresents financial information.
Enter into a world of unrequited love

Add into this mix, murder, blackmail.

We have a great book
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Refreshing read

I am a huge fan of Earl Stanley Gardner. His plots are intriguing and the twists unprecedented. Love the Mason-Drake-Street team. It is a fantastic book to read on a cozy afternoon
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It probably should not have been my introduction to Erle Stanley Gardner's novels. I like the Perry Mason TV series but it feels like he's trying too hard to breathe life into an already tired formula. Two words: "beatnik endowment". ...more
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Always a fan!

Perry Mason never disappoints. A good read any day. Its suave its stylish. Great dialogues and engaging courtroom argument.

Must read
Jenell Blue
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perry Mason was on television for years. The book was a good read with a great ending.
Jeff J.
#75 in the Perry Mason series. Interesting case of a trust manager who is concealing some illegitimate transactions. The beatnik characters date the book.
James Vest
A promising start leads to an outlandish finish in a rare trial that takes so long to play out, that Mason has to call witnesses whose testimony is quickly diced by Hamilton Burger.
Darel Krieger
Another enjoyable read from Erle Stanley Gardner involving the whole Perry Mason gang.
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
Interesting story, and the first I've read where Mason can't win at trial and it doesn't look good, has to seek outside sources. ...more
Feb 03, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great Perry Mason detective story

All of Gardner's books are great and this one is no exception. Well written and hard to put down. Recommended.

Jun 18, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome read!!

Edge of seat excitement
Murder mystery court trial and some serious action at the end makes this a must read
Rachel Conner
Oct 16, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Would read again!

Likeable characters and the plot leads up to an explosive finale! I love it when Mason and Tragg work together to catch the bad person!
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've been reading Gardner's Perry Mason books off and on for many years. Those who are used to really fine mystery writers (in the literary sense), such as Ross Macdonald, may find the writing style here a bit dry. Nonetheless, I still love the general setting: the fast pace, the characters of Perry, Della, Paul, Lt. Tragg, and Hamilton Berger. That, and the ingenious plots, are why I read Perry Mason.

On the whole, the ones written by about 1954 are the best. This is one of the last ones, writte
Jul 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I read this mostly to see how much smoking they do in later Perry Mason books. I've been reading a lot of the books from the 30's and 40's. Every character smokes multiple packs of cigarettes. I just wanted to see if that held true throughout. This book was one of the later entries in the series, with a copyright of 1960. They mention Paul Drake wanting to smoke once, and he doesn't because it's a stakeout.

The other thing of note is how consistent the series is over thirty years. Has ESG lost a
Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal, mystery
#75 in the Perry Mason series. An entertaining trial sequence where Perry is unable to demolish the prosecution's case before the DA rests and having to put his client on the stand give DA Hamilton Burger the chance to savage him. A last minute brainstorm has him enlisting homicide Lt. Tragg in a plot to reveal the real killer.

Perry Mason series - Mason's client is a young investment counselor who has violated several fiduciary duties in order to protect the lovely trust beneficiary from a beard
Vincent Darlage
Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This book was a fun read. ESG really kept Perry on the verge of losing the case until the book was nearly ended. The cover rather gives a vital clue, however I just thought the artist made a huge mistake when painting it (the murder weapon was a revolver, not an automatic). It wasn't until the end that I realized why the artist painted the automatic handgun. ...more
Gave it a 3 because it was my first Perry Mason, and was way before I started Law school myself. Didnt know what to expect, but I suspect didnt expect too much, and was pleasantly surprised. Perry Mason became a favourite. This one was again full of turns, and then there was a chase of some sort and then Mason's ingenuity saved the day again, with some style. ...more
Les Anderson
Yet another case that isn't solved in the courtroom. This is probably the closest I've seen Mason come to losing a case. Especially since there was no clear killer. The events leading up to the murder sure show how things can be misinterpreted or misrepresented. The action-filled ending somehow felt unsatisfactory. ...more
Elizabeth S
Dec 19, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-mystery
The defense actually has to present a case in this one. In other words, Perry Mason didn't wrap things up before the prosecution finished its stuff. Rare. But you do get the frustration of seeing the prosecution cross-examine and tear apart witness testimony. ...more
Angela Cerino
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting murder mystery, plus Garner's inimitable courtroom drama. This one also contains a little romance, too. Perry Mason is representing the trustee of an estate when the trustee is accused of murder. Mason has to pull out all the stops to defend him.
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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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