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The Case of the Fabulous Fake [Mass Market Paperback]

Erle Stanley Gardner

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Oct. 31 2000 Perry Mason Mysteries (Fawcett Books)

Perry Mason's beautiful new client isn't giving anything away, not even her name, and he suspects that what she does choose to reveal is mostly lies. Certainly the bag full of cash she carries isn't shopping money. All the mystery woman asks is that Mason make himself available for a few days in case she needs him--for what purpose, she remains silent as the grave.

In fact, his headstrong client, who identifies herself only as "36-24-36," is headed for disaster--not only into a blackmailer's clutches but into a lethal trap from which not even Perry Mason's brilliant courtroom sorcery may be able to extricate her. Alive, anyway . . .


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett (Oct. 31 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345437853
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345437853
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 118 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,093,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Gardner [is] humorous, astute, curious, inventive--who can top him? No one has yet."
--Los Angeles Times

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"Gardner [is] humorous, astute, curious, inventive--who can top him? No one has yet."
--Los Angeles Times

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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Perry Mason Dec 24 2012
By Michael Tavella - Published on
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I read this book as a "pallet cleanser" between serious works of fiction. It gave me exactly what I was looking for-solid writing with familiar characters and some unusual plot twists-everything one expects from Gardner.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love and Money Lead to Murder July 27 2004
By Ray Stephanson - Published on
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The Case of the Fabulous Fake, by Erle Stanley Gardner

This book is dedicated to Jack Cadman, the Director of the Orange County Sheriff's Criminalistics Laboratory. Cadman invented a method to detect alcohol in the blood stream quickly and accurately, thereby advancing forensic science. Two examples in determining the cause of death are given.

A visitor consults with Perry Mason, but refuses to give her name. Her payment buys credibility (like for Spade & Archer in "The Maltese Falcon"). Perry has Paul Drake investigate her, after reading her coded ad in the classified section. Chapter 3 educates the reader on the weakness of eyewitness evidence [when the person identified is a complete stranger]. Paul Drake investigates her backtrail, and identifies Diana Douglas. Perry visits Diana to tell of the 'routine audit' at her company (imports items that are paid in cash only). There is a need to remove Diana and send her home; a substitute replaces her when the stranger visits. There is a request for a pay-off that Perry refuses. Later this blackmailer is found murdered, Diana's credit card is in his room. The murder weapon is traced to Diana, and she is arrested and brought back to Los Angeles.

Perry and Paul continue the investigation. Bit by bit the truth is extracted from Diana. She did visit the blackmailer, but found him dead. She took the gun because she recognized it as belonging to her now dead brother! Just when you think its curtains for her, Perry summons and questions a few of her coworkers. The unusual fact of an old coat among new clothes is explained. Diana is freed once the facts point to a new suspect. Again, "murder is caused by love or money, to get it or to keep it". The scandal that led to the murder is revealed at the end. Its not a good idea to spread workplace gossip around. This story says carrying a pistol on an airplane was not unusual then. This is Erle Stanley Gardner's last work. He died just after it was published.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it Jan. 28 2014
By Yun - Published on
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I know that a lot of people is not a big fan of Perry Mason because this series focuses more on the court part than other detective novels. But I am a really big fan of this series. I got all the books of Perry Mason and love each of them.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fabulous Fake Dec 14 2012
By bmwells - Published on
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If you are a fan of well written mysteries, this book is for you. I have been reading Earl Stanley Gardner's Perry Mason books for many years. Fantastic, suspenseful reading. As the reader, you are constantly guessing who did it. Easy to read mystery and hard to put down. Happy reading!!!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Perry Mason Dec 20 2012
By Vince Marinelli - Published on
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My mother used to read Erle Stanley Gardner like there was no tomorrow. But the fact is he's not very good. It's assembly line Dashell Hammet, not very well written. Dull, in fact. Save your pennies for something better.

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