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Ebook The Case of the Lucky Loser by Erle Stanley Gardner read! Book Title: The Case of the Lucky Loser
The author of the book: Erle Stanley Gardner
Date of issue: January 14th 1990
ISBN: 034536497X
ISBN 13: 9780345364975
Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 996 KB
Edition: Fawcett

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I have now reached book #56 in my reading challenge of Perry-Mason-stories-in-chronological-order, but I keep returning to the Lucky Loser as a special favourite. I thoroughly enjoy the story’s tight & fast pace (I am not one for the long-winded, guilt-ridden, gritty detective fiction of the present) and the big legal/whodunnit bang at the end.

Also, this is almost the first time that Perry Mason encounters an adversary that is in the same league as himself. Banner Boles, trouble shooter for the mighty, rich and powerful Balfour Company, is smart, smooth, highly efficient, very dangerous to cross paths with and moreover, he is also a lawyer knowing perfectly well what he is about. Boles seems to be the other side of the coin, so to speak & makes you think PM may have become someone like him, had he been less fair/ethical & had he chosen another (morally questionable) career path. It feels like Mason is actually up against his own, darker self, which is very interesting to behold (beware of the dark side of the law, Perry! :) ) .
Almost till the very end, no matter what Perry Mason does, Boles seems to anticipate his actions and is always one step ahead of him & manages to entangle him in such a legal knot that may well end his career & defame his character. This makes the whole story wrought with even higher tension than usual, so the ending - Mason explains the solution of the mystery to the judge and to the district attorney in their office- feels restrained & I feel I got robbed of the last glorious bang of the fireworks: Mason declaring himself a true jedi, I mean, defense attorney, & throwing away light sabre and all. :)

Despite this minor complaint, this is my favourite Mason book.

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Ebook The Case of the Lucky Loser read Online! Erle 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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