Top of the Heap

Top of the Heap

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by Erle Stanley Gardner
     
 

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SHE PLAYED THE ODDS – AND LOST!

When the beautiful girlfriend of a notorious gangster vanishes, the last man to be seen with her needs an alibi – and fast.  Enter Donald Lam of the Cool & Lam detective agency.  Donald tracks down the two women with whom his client claims to have spent the night and the client declares the case closed.

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SHE PLAYED THE ODDS – AND LOST!

When the beautiful girlfriend of a notorious gangster vanishes, the last man to be seen with her needs an alibi – and fast.  Enter Donald Lam of the Cool & Lam detective agency.  Donald tracks down the two women with whom his client claims to have spent the night and the client declares the case closed.

But it’s not.  Something about his client’s story doesn’t add up, and Donald can’t resist the temptation to keep digging.  Before he knows it, he’s dug up connections to a mining scam, an illegal casino, and a double homicide – plus an opportunity for an enterprising private eye to make a small fortune, if he can just stay alive long enough to cash in on it!

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Library Journal
These volumes introduce the Hard Case Crime line, which replicates the inexpensive, pocket edition (each measures 4" x 6.5") of hard-boiled pulps sporting lurid covers of tough guys and hot dames. The authors run the gamut from vintage gods like Gardner to the early work of current top mystery men Block, Collins, and Westlake. Absolute gangbusters! Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780857683168
Publisher:
Titan
Publication date:
03/29/2011
Series:
Hard Case Crime
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
571,773
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

One of the best-selling authors of all time, Erle Stanley Gardner’s greatest creations include crusading attorney Perry Mason (star of more than eighty novels, not to mention the long-running TV series and TV movies) and the hardboiled detective team of Bertha Cool and Donald Lam, who appeared in more than two dozen adventures of their own.  

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Top of the Heap 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This glorious book is by one of the grand masters of the genre, Erle Stanley Gardner. Although best known for bringing the world's best known lawyer to the forefront of the reading public, the creation of his that is pure detective fiction is the main characters of this novel... Bertha Cool and Donald Lam. This novel is Gardner and Lam at their best. Lam is hired by a rich young man to find the girls he had been partying with a few days before and that is the last easily explained happening in the book. From then on Gardner weaves a plot as far-reaching and mystifying that most detectives would be lost following. But, in Gardner's golden words, not only does Donald Lam follow along with few hiccups, but we, the reader, are able to keep right up with the diminuitive detective. For those readers who have found today's writers and their stories a little lacking, or those just looking for some great, edge-of-your-seat reading, this book is for you. For many years, I have been telling friends that read that they have missed out on some of the best stories of all time by not reading any of the great mysteries of the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Guess I must not have been the only one who has felt this way. A new publisher, Hard Case Crime, is bringing back not only some of the books I loved, one of which this book is one, but are also publishing new stories written in the same way as those wonderful old books but by present day authors. For all of the new readers out there, you will love this book. For those of you who are old enough to have read this book and others by Mr. Gardner, let's, you and I, go back home again and visit with an old friend...Donald Lam in 'Top of the Heap'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is easily one of the five best detective stories I've ever read. The plot is complicated, the resolution is satisfying, the characters spring to life from the page, and the writing is delicious. A great virtuoso performance by the peerless Erle Stanley Gardner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. If you love the old school detective style stories you will love this book.
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