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The Case of the Daring Decoy

(Perry Mason #54)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  415 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Jerry Conway fights dishonest ex-employee Gifford Farrell for his Texas oil company. "Call me Rosalind" offers him a proxy list, but at the hotel a beauty clad in underwear and a face mud pack frames Jerry with a freshly fired gun. On the hotel bed, lawyer Perry Mason and PI Paul Drake find a woman shot dead by the same gun. Who does Giff's ex-wife cheer for?
Mass Market Paperback, 198 pages
Published June 14th 1989 by Fawcett (first published September 1st 1957)
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Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
The main idea of the book revolves about a convoluted proxy battle for control of a corporation. Its head Jerry Conway realized a former employer named Gifford Farrell was trying to buy company's stock. One day Conway received an anonymous call where a woman offered him a priceless (at the moment) information: the list of stockholders about to sell their shares to Farrell. As a result a very complicated chain of events follow ended up in Conway receiving a gun which had been recently fired.
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fantastic Mason mystery.

A classic story of the Legally Wild, Wild West where guns the guns of law and lawlessness go off with a big Bang. :)

Full review to come.
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
There is something intriguing about these Perry Mason mysteries. Perry is always able to see through all the smoke and clutter of the false leads and confusing clues. When they use forensics to solve mysteries they are cutting edge with the time. Another great book featuring the Paul Drake and Perry working together.
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First sentence: Jerry Conway opened the paper to page six. There it was, just as it had been every day for the last week.

Premise/plot: Jerry Conway is a businessman with a big problem: he's trying to prevent a hostile takeover of his business. In a few weeks, the stockholders will be voting and Gifford Farrell has done everything in his power to ruin Conway's chances of holding onto his company. The novel opens with Conway receiving a series of phone calls from a mystery woman; she identifies h
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe not the slickest of the Perry Mason yarns -- why exactly again is this character telling all she knows? -- but one with lots of neat twists. This is the one where Perry tells Paul Drake that he has been properly chastened and intends to follow all the traffic laws when he's driving from now on. And yes, we all enjoyed Myrtle Lamar, the young punk of an elevator girl who reads trashy paperbacks and observes more than you might expect from watching people's shoes. Myrtle! In 2017 this charac ...more
Aug 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting but too much emphasis on red herring. Not just one, but two here.
Vincent Darlage
Nov 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I really enjoyed this one. Again, this is one of the first Perry Mason's I ever read, and I can see why I embarked on a journey to read them all. I loved the operator who can identify people from their shoes. This also made for a good episode of the TV series.
Tony Boskovich
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Probably the best story to date. Gardner has finally developed his stories where all of the clues are introduced in proper sequence and Perry's unraveling of them are done in a most believable and brilliant way. Lots of red herrings and blind alleys.
Mar 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks
Ha guessed this one right too! I am getting better and figuring out the Mason mysteries.
Andrew Clover
Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I read this because, in the Everyman collection of Detective Stories, the one by Erle Stanley Gardner is the best, beating Raymond Chandler into second place. Chandler admired Gardner's facility with plots; in the 60s, Gardner was America's top-selling novelist; I went in search of his secret...
And the book has a world class beginning: an embattled businessman gets a mysterious phonecall, from a sexy-voiced woman - 'Rosalind' - who says she can give him secret information which will solve his p
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gardner
A CEO in a proxy fight to keep his company is accused of murder. He is lured to a hotel room by an anonymous woman who,promises to give him copies of the proxies being collected by the takeover person. A tight scenario follows with all events happening in just a few days because of the upcoming stockholder's meeting.
James Vest
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From a prism of murder and setups comes one of the most outrageous and complex who-done-its of the series, which goes down to the wire to unravel a woman’s death that has more fingerprints on it than a murder weapon.
James Spears
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I like these mysteries especially this one. It had me guessing until the end. Perry Mason and Dell's have more of a flirtatious style in this and other books. I would recommend this book to everyone.
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Now this is a complicated plot.
Danny Reid
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: perry-mason
The plot is really convoluted, but has some nice moments and dialogue.
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a great Perry Mason novel. The plot is a bit more entangled than some, and so at the end the perpetrator of the crime is actually a surprise. But the development is honest. Fun read.
Dec 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, legal
#54 in the Perry Mason series. The case starts with a seeming frame-up of one of the participants in a proxy battle for control of a corporation. After impersonations, mistaken identity, a murdered woman, too many guns and bullet holes and an observant elevator operator - it all winds up in a very entertaining court case and a treatise by Perry Mason on the importance of correctly interpreting circumstantial evidence.

Perry Mason series - "The Case of the Daring Decoy" (1957) begins with a proxy
Again with the dames and the oil proxies and the who done what to whom? There's always a woman in these books "who has curves and knows it." I'm sensing a theme, Erle Stanley Gardner.
Sep 27, 2009 rated it it was ok
So far I've read three Perry Mason mysteries, and they all seem to hold to a basic formula: an innocent client with an unlikely alibi, legal wrangling, and Hamilton Burger acting like a stolid, unimaginative blowhard who seems to enjoy having his head handed to him in the courtroom by Perry Mason. After a while, the details blur together.

Some of the double feints with the evidence and characters was interesting, and connections with circumstantial evidence become significant.

Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Typical Perry Mason mystery. Mason is called in to defend a wealthy business leader accused of murder while being involved in a proxy fight for control of his business. The usual Mason slight of hand skirting close to the edge of the law along with the detective work of Paul Drake enable Mason to successfully defend his client.
Jeffrey Marks
Jun 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
The book starts off very strong with the frame-up of a businessman for murder; however, by page 120, so many layers of the solution have already been revealed that the only thing left is to solve the murder, which shouldn't take 50 pages.
Les Anderson
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Well, I should have seen the real murderer long before it was revealed but like the characters, I was distracted by the events surrounding the murder. I really liked Myrtle Lamar though, it's too bad she wasn't in any more books.
A nifty little mystery. Nice twist ending.
Karan Shah
May 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Erle Stanley Gardner is my favorite mystery murder writer.
His books are very fast paced and witty. This book is one of his best
Vitasta Ganjoo
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
one of the classic detective novel series ... better than Sherlock Holmes ... !
Aug 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Another casual train read over the weekend. Perfect for that. :)

Just like any other Perry Mason thrillers.
Was an interesting set of twists towards the end.
Sreedhar Pothukuchi
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
One of the most atypical Mason novels. The mystery is unravelled - not by Mason in the court-house or in the background, but by various people talking to him and telling all they know. Duh..?
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Love the Perry Mason novels. I re-read them often.
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A classic, who done it Erle Stanley Gardner/ Perry Mason novel. Always a quick good read that keeps you reading and interested. Loved it!
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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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