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Time and tide wait for no man –neither does Perry Mason…A mystery in the best Gardner tradition chock full of action (mighty fast), angles (inventive and voluptuous), and aqua pura (meaning watertight solution as well as H20).
On his way to finding out, Mason meets Mrs. Milfield, a barely distraught widow, and a slew of suspicious characters all intimately connected to the recently deceased, a man murdered on someone else's yacht. As the surprising scenario unravels, it takes a...
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Overview

Time and tide wait for no man –neither does Perry Mason…A mystery in the best Gardner tradition chock full of action (mighty fast), angles (inventive and voluptuous), and aqua pura (meaning watertight solution as well as H20).
On his way to finding out, Mason meets Mrs. Milfield, a barely distraught widow, and a slew of suspicious characters all intimately connected to the recently deceased, a man murdered on someone else's yacht. As the surprising scenario unravels, it takes a sharp mind like Mason's, the savvy of his secretary Della Street, and the legwork of investigator Paul Drake to pull all the clues out of the water before the case sinks like a deadweight
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848585805
  • Publisher: Arcturus Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/28/2012
  • Sales rank: 1,407,056

Meet the Author

Erle Stanley Gardner (1889-1970) is a prolific American author best known for his works centered on the lawyer-detective Perry Mason. At the time of his death in March of 1970, in Ventura, California, Gardner was "the most widely read of all American writers" and "the most widely translated author in the world," according to social historian Russell Nye. He was cited by the Guinness Book of World Records as the #1 Bestselling Writer of All Time. The first Perry Mason novel, The Case of The Velvet Claws, published in 1933, had sold twenty-eight million copies in its first fifteen years. In the mid-1950s, the Perry Mason novels were selling at the rate of twenty thousand copies a day. There have been six motion pictures based on his work and the hugely popular “Perry Mason” television series starring Raymond Burr, which aired for nine years and 271 episodes.

As author William F. Nolan notes, "Gardner, more than any other writer, popularized the law profession for a mass-market audience, melding fact and fiction to achieve a unique blend; no one ever handled courtroom drama better than he did." Richard Senate further sums up the significance of Gardner’s contribution: "Although the character of Perry Mason is not unique as a 'lawyer-sleuth,' he is the first to come to anyone's mind when it comes to sheer brilliance in solving courtroom-detective cases by rather unconventional means. Beside 'Tarzan,' 'Sherlock Holmes,' 'Superman,' 'Perry Mason qualifies as an American icon of popular culture in the twentieth century."

Gardner's writing has touched a lot of people including a number of high profile figures. Brian Kelleher and Diana Merrill reveal in their book, The Perry Mason TV Show Book (St. Martin’s Press, 1987), that Harry S. Truman was a fan and that it is rumored that when Einstein died, a Perry Mason book was at his bedside. They further describe that when Raymond Burr met Pope John XXIII, the actor reported that the pontiff "seemed to know all about Perry Mason." Federal judge Sonya Sotomayor frequently mentions how Perry Mason was one of her earliest influences.

Gardner had a definite vision of the shape the Perry Mason character would take: "I want to make my hero a fighter," he wrote to his publisher, "not by having him be ruthless to women and underlings, but by creating a character who, with infinite patience jockeys his enemies into a position where he can deliver one good knockout punch."
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Great book - poor editing

    For a book with a good mystery and great courtroom drama, it's hard to beat Perry Mason. But while this is Perry Mason at his best, the Nook editionleaves a lot to be desired when it comes to the editing. It is obvious that the text was scanned from an original printed version and converted using OCR software and is filled with erroneous characters and misspellings, and misplaced punctuation. At one point a forward slash (/) isused instead of an I, and in one chapter Della Street's first name is repeatedly rendered as Delia. How sad to have to pay to read such a sloppily edited book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    Perry Mason at his best.

    I loved this book. Perry Mason stands alone as best litigator. He is a great detective and Erle Stanley Gardner weaves a tale that always keeps you on your toes.

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