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The Case of the Howling Dog

The Case of the Howling Dog


The Case of the Howling Dog

ratings:
4.5/5 (16 ratings)
Length:
6 hours
Released:
Oct 25, 2016
ISBN:
9781531826956
Format:
Audiobook

Description

Compared to a juicy murder trial, a case of feuding neighbors isn't exactly Perry Mason's cup of tea. But Arthur Cartright insists that Mason is the only one who can muzzle the howling hound that's driving Cartright crazy. But Perry doesn't realize just how crazy until he meets his client's neighbor. Clinton Foley says Cartright is barking up the wrong tree with his canine companion-and swears that the man is dangerously insane to boot.

Mason's not the type to cop out on a client-but when Cartwright draws up a will that leaves everything to his neighbor's wife, even Perry has to wonder if the man has slipped from anger into madness. That's why he pays a personal visit to Clinton Foley's house, where he finds one missing wife, one poisoned dog, and one corpse.…

Released:
Oct 25, 2016
ISBN:
9781531826956
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Erle Stanley Gardner (1889–1970) was an author and lawyer who wrote nearly 150 detective and mystery novels that sold more than one million copies each, making him easily the best-selling American writer of his time. He ranks as one of the most prolific specialists of crime fiction due to his popular alter ego, lawyer-detective Perry Mason. A self-taught lawyer, Gardner was admitted to the California bar in 1911 and began defending poor Chinese and Mexicans as well as other clients. Eventually his writing career, which began with the pulps, pushed his law career aside. As proven in his Edgar Award–winning The Court of Last Resort, Gardner never gave up on the cases of wrongly accused individuals or unjustly convicted defendants.  


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  • (4/5)
    Perry Mason is starting to get a reputation for his courtroom behavior so when a new client called Arthur Cartright shows up complaining about a howling dog and asking advice about a will, he is a bit surprised. But he is also intrigued - so he decides to check the case. Complications show up almost immediately - noone else seems to have heard the howling, a will shows up that contradicts what the client had asked about and the client cannot be found by anyone. Add a new building, a Chinese cook who is shipped home, two marriages that seem to be more complicated than they should. And all that before bodies started to drop. And Mason ended with more than one customer. Paul Drake and Della Street are getting more defined (although Drake seems to be a bit too cocky although Mason is even worse) and the easy camaraderie between them is adding a lot more enjoyment in the story. I was surprised that Perry did not see where the bodies were earlier but then he did not grow up watching CSI and Law and Order. It was a bit predictable because it is a classic way to handle the story but considering when this one was written, it probably was a lot more surprising. And the end was perfect - it was a lot more a crime story than a courtroom drama and it is stronger for it. And unlike the usual cases when Perry needs to scramble for a way out of a problem, in this case he has so many proofs and ways to prove his case that he does not even to disclose all of them. It was an interesting twist. Another enjoyable entry in the series (although you need to ignore the racism and outdated views in places). And I seem to enjoy these old stories a lot more than I expected.
  • (4/5)
    Vintage ESG. The story itself wasn't that compelling, but the dialogue, the rhythm of the patter, of this 1934 potboiler is quite enjoyable.
  • (4/5)
    Interestingly, the modern paperback edits out the last few paragraphs of the novel from the text found in the older hardcover - the paragraphs that introduce the next novel, the Case of the Curious Bride.
  • (5/5)
    As always, narration is perfect for this book from this narrator. Well done.

    4.5 Stars

    A little confusing at times, or else it would be in 5 star territory. Plenty of investigating, some detailed court drama, and Perry discusses a surprisingly layered, intelligent lecture on human psychology with juries and audiences in a realistic way with a young law clerk - intriguing stuff. I read on the author's life a bit online and would be curious to know more about him. It's clear these cases are inspired from experience more than only thoughts on these matters. He was a lawyer who got a bit bored with the legalities other than trials, which fits Mason a bit as well since he likes the daring and twisted cases. He is always shown to be protective of his clients, but the opening was especially - shall I say sweet? - with his worry about a first-time client being mentally ill and needing extra help. The story gets much more complicated than I pictured, twists and turns I didn't guess, with a grand finale of a court ending.