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Book Title: The Case of the Drowning Duck|
The author of the book: Erle Stanley Gardner
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 940 KB
Date of issue: December 4th 1993
ISBN 13: 9780345378682
Read full description of the books:Perry Mason escaped from the city to take a break from work only to meet a rich guy who wanted to consult him professionally. The guy's daughter decided to marry a young fellow who literally knows nothing about his origins. By hiring detectives his prospective father-in-law found out the father of his relative in the making was executed eighteen years ago for murder. Now Mason's client wanted the lawyer to look through the trial transcript to check if the verdict was fair. After studying the papers Mason was not sure if the defendant was guilty. His suspicious became certainty when he literally stumbled upon a dead body which was connected to the events of past.
I feel the need to speak about the title. How do you make a duck to drown?
I do not mean this one as everybody knows Daffy Duck really is unsinkable.
It seems people making living by making work related to agriculture in pre-WWII US would laugh at the idea as ducks do not drown, even the dead ones. However it can be easily done with something we - modern people - use every day. I will spoil this one for you: detergents. Put some into a water container, add a duck and a poor guy becomes as good at swimming as a heavy stone. Kids, don't try this at home. Believe it or not this fact became one of the cornerstones of a court session where Mason got to shine - as he usually does.
I keep saying that when it comes to mysteries dealing with happenings in the past which continue influencing the present and people's skeletons in the closet Ross Macdonald is an unbeatable master. If you are interested in such mysteries my recommendation would be: read his Lew Archer series.
This book strongly resembled Archer's mysteries in themes and tones. It also broke a record in the amount of dead bodies for the series, if you count both past and present.
As for the mystery itself it was both simple and complicated. I cannot explain it without spoilers, but let me just mention that I was very much caught off guard when one person was killed as at that time I was sure that was the culprit. As you might have guessed the mystery was good enough for 4 star rating.
Read information about the authorErle Stanley Gardner was an American lawyer and author of detective stories who also published under the pseudonyms A.A. Fair, Kyle Corning, Charles M. Green, Carleton Kendrake, Charles J. Kenny, Les Tillray, and Robert Parr.
Innovative and restless in his nature, he was bored by the routine of legal practice, the only part of which he enjoyed was trial work and the development of trial strategy. In his spare time, he began to write for pulp magazines, which also fostered the early careers of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. He created many different series characters for the pulps, including the ingenious Lester Leith, a "gentleman thief" in the tradition of Raffles, and Ken Corning, a crusading lawyer who was the archetype of his most successful creation, the fictional lawyer and crime-solver Perry Mason, about whom he wrote more than eighty novels. With the success of Perry Mason, he gradually reduced his contributions to the pulp magazines, eventually withdrawing from the medium entirely, except for non-fiction articles on travel, Western history, and forensic science.
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