Tag: Perry Mason
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
This was the first of the Gardner books that I wasn’t crazy about. Seems to me that Gardner had the ending more in focus than building the rest of the book in a coherent manner. A lot of stretches of the imagination, especially involving plane flight schedules (recognizing this was written in the 1930s).
Also the characters weren’t as sharp as in other Gardner books. There are a number of twists that could leave a reader confused as to who is who.
The idea of the conclusion is sharp, but wonder if it could’ve been better presented for a dramatic touch.
Still this book is better than most and certainly better than the bulk of books written today. Though, I’d point to other Mason stories than this.
Bottom line: I don’t recommend this book.
Not one of the best of Gardner’s books. The story is so-so to begin with. The problems lie in the story structure and, more specifically, the dialogue. It seems that at obvious points that separate paragraphs were constructed and pasted into the book. Considering how much one sentence dialogue is in this story, a large, descriptive diatribe about legal or investigative methodology doesn’t read cohesively. There’s a great story here, but the structure is off as the story slows and speeds at different points and then there are the technical speed bumps. Almost wonder if Gardner wrote this at all and if this was put together by a staff. There are far better Perry Mason stories and those should be read first.
Here is a tremendous Robert McGinnis book cover I picked up Wednesday. Below is a closer look.
Here are some new covers gathered. The ones above and below are from romance novels. I love the multi-levels of the one below. Great art for 10 cents each.