Erle Stanley Gardner (1889-1970) was a prolific American author best known for his Perry Mason series of detective novels, which sold twenty thousand copies a day at their peak popularity in the mid-1950s. He also wrote numerous other novels and shorter pieces, as well as a series of nonfiction travel books, mostly on Mexico. There have been six motion pictures based on his books and the hugely popular Perry Mason television series starring Raymond Burr, which aired for nine years.
The Case of the Daring Decoy: A Perry Mason Mysteryby Erle Stanley Gardner, Jean Gardner (Revised by)
Take a no-holds-barred proxy war for a rich Texas oil company, with Jerry Conway, its young president, fighting for survival. Add a beautiful woman in a mudpack and not much else who gives up a freshly fired .38 to Conway before she shows him the door. Top it off with the body of another young woman with a bullet in her chest fired by the same gun, and you have the recipe for the perfect murder and the perfect frame-up.
Perry Mason has two problems. His client, Jerry Conway, is the prime suspect. And Perry himself is the accused accessory....
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