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The Case of the Foot-Loose Doll Mass Market Paperback – Aug 12 1986


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reissue edition (Aug. 12 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345336364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345336361
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,463,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Mildred, a heart-broken girl, wants to run away from everything. When a hitchhiking girl killed herself, Mildred takes her identity to live a completely new life.
It is crazy to replace oneself with a complete stranger. It would be an artificial story if Mildred's despair were not convincingly described. And it would be tiresome if her misery were tediously described. Gardner describes her hopeless feeling concisely but convincingly. He is an excellent writer. No more explanation will be needed. Please enjoy how Mason brilliantly rescues Mildred from predicament.
This book is written in 1958. The general public is so strict to an unmarried pregnant woman that she will be driven to suicide. It is interesting how times has changed.
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This is my favorite Perry Mason Mystery. It has the feel of an Alfred Hitchcock mystery. A woman who is running away from life is in a one car accident in which her passenger, a hitchhiker, is killed and mutilated beyond recognition. So she begins a new life, assuming the identity of the hitchhiker. All goes well until an insurance adjuster figures out her secret and tries to blackmail her.
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A Perry Mason Classic March 21 2005
By Gary F. Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Erle Stanley Gardner (1889-1970) wrote more than one hundred novels over the course of his long career. A trial lawyer himself, Gardner's best known creation was Perry Mason, a flamboyant criminal defense attorney who earns his large fees by virtue of a remarkable talent for using the law to uncover the truth on the witness stand.

Although Gardner's Perry Mason novels were formula, Gardner was at the peak of his powers during the 1950s--and at his best he was able to combine a twisty plot, impressive courtroom scenes, and his tendency to staccato dialogue to tremendous effect. Written in 1958, THE CASE OF THE FOOT-LOOSE DOLL offers Gardner at his best.

An attractive secretary in Oceanside, California, Mildred Crest is looking forward to her marriage to the town's most eligible bachelor--but is stunned when he abandons her under highly dubious circumstances. Dazed and distraught, she gets in her car and simply goes as far and as fast as she can... until an unforeseen accident offers her the opportunity to escape the past once and for all.

Or so it seems. But the past has a way of catching up with you--and in Mildred's case it isn't just her own past that she has to worry about. Before too long the question of murder arises, and Mildred finds herself in desperate need of legendary Los Angeles attorney Perry Mason.

Law, police procedure, and science has changed quite a bit since Gardner wrote this book, but that is part of the fun. And in this instance Gardner anticipates the modern phenomena of identity theft in a most unexpected way. Fans will enjoy it and newcomers will find it a delight. Recommended.

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My Favorite Perry Mason Mystery Aug. 31 2001
By Kenneth R Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is my favorite Perry Mason Mystery. It has the feel of an Alfred Hitchcock mystery. A woman who is running away from life is in a one car accident in which her passenger, a hitchhiker, is killed and mutilated beyond recognition. So she begins a new life, assuming the identity of the hitchhiker. All goes well until an insurance adjuster figures out her secret and tries to blackmail her.
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a courtroom drama May 8 2014
By brita sarkar - Published on Amazon.com
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Lots of twists and turns...some expected some unexpected. ..tight well knit plot...Perry Mason as usual delivers the goods with style.
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Baby Boomers, reaquaint yourselves with the Perry Mason of our Youth!! Younger folks, see what REALLY good mysteries are like. March 2 2014
By Debra S. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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Wow! What's not to like about Perry Mason books? I admit to being a Perry Mason television show fan (yes, from way back in the 50's and 60's) and have luckily found them being aired on television again. So, I decided to try some of Erle Stanley Gardner's books. Way Cool! I think Perry pushes the legal envelope in the books even more than on TV. Come on, fellow Baby Boomers, reacquaint yourself with Perry Mason in the written word! For younger people, it's a great lesson in literature and dialog of the time they were written. I highly recommend you read just one and I think you'll be hooked. It will show you a different time, different dialog and some darn interesting who done it. At least it's complicated enough with enough characters to make it very interesting. I have honestly never known who the murderer was until the end of the book or the end of the TV show. That is an indication of very good writing.
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Worth every time ! March 1 2014
By Krishna Prabhakar - Published on Amazon.com
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Read this book after interval of 40 years and was still as fresh as morning dew; although the social values and feminine perceptions have changed. Enough twists and turns. Finished in a single sitting.

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