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The Case of the Howling Dog

(Perry Mason #4)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,333 Ratings  ·  94 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
Mass Market Paperback, 216 pages
Published September 12th 1984 by Fawcett (first published 1934)
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Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
James Thane
Oct 30, 2010 rated it liked it
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
I have a stack of books/audiobooks on my desk all in the 800 plus pages/40 plus hours range. Before I started reading/listening I was looking for something a bit different to end the year with. I came across this radio dramatization of a Perry Mason Radio Show. I remember listening to Perry Mason on the radio when I was young. I thought this might be just the change I was seeking.

Erle Stanley Gardner (1889-1970) was an attorney. He passed the Bar in 1911. He practiced in Southern California for
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
You know what you are going to get with a Perry Mason novel, a crime, an investigation and a trial. They are entertaining, easy to read and of the time. In this story, a man comes to Mason complaining about a howling dog, which in turn leads to murder!
May 09, 2011 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
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Emilia Barnes
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Apart from the casual racism/sexism (particularly the former) this was a really enjoyable read. It's very fast paced, so just the thing to take with you on a train or a plane: an intriguing set up, a clever mystery solver, and a dramatic denouement. Who could ask for more?
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 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Edge of the seat stuff... keeps you guessing... you sometimes want to throttle Perry Mason for not sharing the secrets in his mind 😀 greatly enjoyable, though sometimes verbose. But then he's a lawyer first.
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The 4th novel down my "journey into time" (started in 2015) to discover old treasures like the Perry Mason Series, is, once again, a complete page-turner.

"The Case Of The Howling Dog" is yet another superb whodunnit which entertains to the hilt. Perry Mason, a character created in 1930s, can easily be a part of 2016 and the author would need to change NOTHING (not even a word) to adjust to the advanced world since 1930s. Now, THAT, for sure is what is evergreen. The story telling has the same in
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
This is a mystery filled with lots of plot twists and turns, and courtroom drama which is a great joy to read. Perry Mason is at his best engaged in lots of questionable activities designed to protect his client, who may or may not in fact be guilty of murder, and his character is well-developed in this fourth mystery in the series. Della Street is finally showing the spunk that delights readers of the books in the series written in the later part of the 1930s and 1940s when some of the best boo ...more
Aug 03, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Carol Evans
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 rated it really liked it
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
William P.
Sep 23, 2012 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.
Lynn Demsky
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
One of the only Perry Mason books I've ever read and the ending just totally surprised me - he let a guilty person go free! Will look for more of these plus this was just a neighbor problem with a dog that wouldn't shut up --- interesting!
Feb 09, 2008 rated it liked it
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.
Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Love this series, great mysteries and quick reads.
Oct 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks
This was a rather interesting one. Mason pulls out a lot of aces from his sleeve through the story. Though the culprit is finally not named or punished. I'd have liked that.
Kat Lebo
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Case of the Howling Dog, A Perry Mason Mystery
by Erle Stanley Gardner

It's been a long time since I've read any of Erle Stanley Gardner's Perry Mason series. The language is a bit stiff but, then again, the copyright of this book is 1934, which is 13 years before I was even born and I'm old as dirt. Still Gardner knows how to sculpt a mystery that keeps the reader reading long after midnight.

I'm going to list some of the things I noticed about the style of writing -- none of which are really
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

1. The mystery moves along at a good clip, and I was never bored.

2. Holy CRAP is this book awash in racism. And not in a "the author has a point to make about how racism is bad" way--the author is racist and the characters are racist too. It's so horrendous it's breathtaking in the bad way.

3. I know macho detectives were big and getting bigger when this book was written (1934), and Perry Mason is one of the greats of this type, but parts of this
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
In The Case of the Howling Dog by Erle Stanley Gardner, Perry Mason, fresh off a huge court success, gets visited by a man wanting help making a will and stopping his neighbor’s dog from howling during the night. The new client, Arthur Cartright, is concerned that a howling dog means death in the neighborhood, and the neighbor’s wife, Evelyn Foley, has been seriously ill. Cartright is concerned that Clinton Foley has been making his dog howl in order to scare his wife into dying. With the news t ...more
Annabel Frazer
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classic-crime
I have come late to Perry Mason and am enjoying them, partly because of the emphasis on cerebral problem-solving and the comparatively minimal violence and darkness. There is of course some sexism, but I'm prepared to live with that.

In this particular story, Perry Mason is dealing with a mysterious client who won't explain what his real agenda is and, in what must be a deliberate nod to Sherlock Holmes, a dog which may or may not have barked in the night. While the overall plot is a bit over-ela
Buddy Don
Jan 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I love detective novels, and though Perry Mason is a lawyer, the Erle Stanley Gardner books featuring him fit the form. In this case, I was able to spot the solution early due to having read a lot of detective novels in the past. Just as Chekov's gun on the wall must go off in act II, if anyone in a detective novel is doing any kind of renovation requiring the pouring of concrete, you can bet a body or two will be buried under it. Knowing that, you can figure out who is available to do the deeds ...more
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fast paced, it started out slow and built to a crescendo. Two flaws, one because it was written in the 1930s, it uses the word Chink for a Chinese character, this one is forgivable, but the second flaw is all the to-do made over a howling dog in the beginning. Mason tries to say he is doing it because he is fighting for his clients' rights. It doesn't work, because then DA gets involved and acts as if it is so important that he sends a deputy to investigate a barking dog. Sorry, sending cops out ...more
Anna Logvynova
May 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Ну такое. Не совсем поняла, понравилось мне или нет, так что it was ok. Наверное, юридические детективы - это не совсем мое. Плюс иногда казалось, что я что-то пропустила, потому что не могла въехать, кто все эти люди и что вообще происходит.
Но под работу слушать очень даже ничего. Послушала бы еще что-то из этой серии, но все остальные части начитывает Герасимов, которого я слушать не могу вот совсем :(
Brian Harrison
Definitely not a fan of this one like I have been of the other Perry Mason books that I have read. You actually felt like Earl Stanley Gardner was intentionally trying to be an unorthodox with the way that Perry handled the case just to see if the audience would enjoy it......I did not. Perry is a lawyer and you didn’t even get to the courtroom until 200 pages into the book. Very weird layout in my opinion.
Matthew Dapena-Tretter
As one of the earlier books, this version of Perry is a far cry from Raymond Burr's consummate gentleman and much more in the mold of the hard-boiled detective of the era. The plot is top-notch, with some good surprises but there's a ton of casual racism and slurs against Chinese characters. The story loses a lot in the television adaptation (though it gains Hamilton Burger); check them both out!
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