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The Case of the Silent Partner

The Case of the Silent Partner


The Case of the Silent Partner

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4/5 (8 ratings)
Length:
5 hours
Released:
Feb 14, 2017
ISBN:
9781531827472
Format:
Audiobook

Description

Successful florist Mildred Faulkner finds that the flower business is no bed of roses when arch-competitor Harry Peavis secretly buys stock in her small, family-owned business. To keep from being muscled out of her own company, Mildred goes to Perry Mason. But the legal eagle is stymied when Mildred's company is plundered by her brother-in-law to pay off gambling debts. The money trail leads to a nightclub hostess and her boss. When both are found dead, the trail of evidence leads back to Mildred.

Released:
Feb 14, 2017
ISBN:
9781531827472
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)
    This novel starts a new era for Perry Mason - Sergeant Holcomb is gone, Lieutenant Tragg is the man Homicide detective (at least the one we see anyway) now. Additionally, it is the first novel (that I remember anyway) which does not start with Perry Mason - we start in the flower shop of Mildred Faulkner who has real problems with some options that she had forgotten existed. A rival is trying to get her business - so she calls Mason to ask for help. And our lawyer is brought into a story of greed, gambling and eventually murder. Except Mason is not Mildred's lawyer - he is her sister's. And Mildred is the one that really need a lawyer. It is refreshing to have a detective that is at least as intelligent and quick thinking as Perry. He tries a few early moves but realizes that this is not the dump policeman anymore and things are evenly matched. And Tragg is ready to work with Perry when it is needed - instead of dismissing him all the time. Add illegal gambling salon and people that do not seem to be able to say the truth - and we are back on track with an interesting mystery. I missed Drake - maybe because of Tragg and his surprisingly quick mind, Perry ends up doing most of the work that usually the detective does. We do see him occasionally but not as much as in the previous books. I hope that Gardner will manage to find the way to fit both Tragg and Drake together - more working minds make for a better book.