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The Case of the Haunted Husband

The Case of the Haunted Husband


The Case of the Haunted Husband

ratings:
4.5/5 (8 ratings)
Length:
6 hours
Released:
Feb 14, 2017
ISBN:
9781531827519
Format:
Audiobook

Description

Aspiring actress Stephane Olger just wants to be in pictures. But she may end up in mug shots instead when she gets herself caught up in a crime. Shortly after quitting her job and moving to Hollywood, she is picked up by a well-dressed man while hitchhiking. The man loses control of the car and they end up in a horrible accident. Both Stephane and the driver escape unscathed but the strange man flees the scene leaving Stephane to face a charge of manslaughter.

Stephane's rich uncle hires Perry Mason to defend her and he and the private detective Paul Drake immediately start gathering evidence. It turns out that the car, of course, was stolen, and belongs to a Hollywood producer who has been in contact with the mystery man who is from San Francisco. A woman has been promised a job by him, but is given one by Perry Mason instead. She, too, disappears, and in another room of the hotel her luggage is found with a man who has been shot. In the courtroom Perry Mason discovers many other facts, but in the meantime the film producer's chauffeur is murdered, making his task much harder.

It's up to Perry Mason to find the truth behind a suspicious scenario starring a menacing movie mogul, a hoodwinked housewife, and a man no one has ever seen-alive!

Released:
Feb 14, 2017
ISBN:
9781531827519
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)
    i used to read and watch perry mason in my teens and twenties. so this was nostalgia for me. i listened to it and missed who was actually married to whom but it was still fun. i missed hamilton burger!
  • (4/5)
    Of course in a Perry Mason novel the mixture is pretty much as before, but this one has some unusual features. To start with, Mason's client is never charged with either of the murders (her case is one of manslaughter in a road accident) although she comes under suspicion at one point. Also Mason collaborates with Lieutenant Tragg, despite the considerable friction involved in the process. During the investigation Mason tangles with a big Hollywood hotshot who claims his car, involved in the accident, had been stolen. Not one of the best Masons, but still a good read.
  • (3/5)
    Hitchhikers, Movie Producers, & Secrets

    When you open up one of Gardner's Perry Mason novels, you find something which is very much like a classic pulp detective novel with a strange situation, a possible frame-up, corpses, vague clues, and keeping evidence close to the vest until Mason can figure out what it all means. You also get courtroom scenes including the kind of courtroom examinations and gotcha moments that seldom occur in real trials. Unlike the classic pulp detective, Mason is an attorney and doesn't get involved in gunfights and brawls and the like.

    This mystery opens up on a pitch-black night on a deserted highway with a young blonde hitchhiker naively thumbing her way to Hollywood, a creepy driver who picks her up, a flask of booze, and a terrible accident. This isn't really Mason's usual kind of case, but somehow the earthy goodness of the blonde's friend convinces him that he needs to clear her name, particularly when it means going up against the power of the Hollywood elite. It is a thrilling ride as the story develops and gets ever more complex.

    Perry Mason mysteries are not necessarily meant to be solved before he's ready to unveil the secret to the riddle. And the solution here is rather hopelessly complex, perhaps too complex to really be satisfying.
  • (4/5)

    1 person found this helpful

    Meet Stephane Clair. She has an wealthy uncle who wanted to control her life - so she ran and had been working in San Francisco since then - a job after job, based on her looks and youth. Until she decides not to comply with yet another boss - and hitchhikes to Los Angeles. Things do not go over very well - she ends up in a hospital, accused of driving a car that killed a man in a very bad crash -- when she knows that she was not the one driving. On top of everything else, the car had been stolen. Thankfully she has a friend that goes to Mason - and Mason decides to take the case. And he is off - against Hollywood and its influence, working with Lt. Tragg (for most of the story anyway), trying to find not only how to save his client but also who was driving the car at the time. Tragg cannot go after the Hollywood magnate (or at least is not allowed to) so he works with Mason, probably giving him some more liberty than usual. Of course everything would have been a lot easier if Drake and Mason did decide to play white knights and bring a woman from New Orleans to Los Angeles. They believe her to be the wife of their suspect - but then as soon as she gets where she wants to be, she disappears. Which makes the case harder - and puts Mason in a bad situation. Especially when people start getting murdered. Usually in the novels, Mason's client is accused of the murders fast enough - that almost do not happen here. And the cooperation between Tragg and Mason continues from the previous book (and Drake now is prominently featured) and Tragg almost manages to outwit the lawyer. It is another enjoyable story. As for the mystery - all the clues are in place, it is just down to disproving any other theory. And Mason, Della, Drake and Tragg end up doing it marvelously.

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