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The Case of the Lucky Legs Hardcover – Dec 1 1976

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Amereon Ltd (Dec 1 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0884114031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0884114031
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,886,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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HASH(0x9af17d74) out of 5 stars Lucky to Get It Jan. 12 2013
By L. Buell - Published on Amazon.com
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Perry Mason solves another one! He knows the law and how to push it as far as he can, bending it to the benefit of his innocent (naturally) client without actually breaking it. He is scrupulous in a just-shy-of-unscrupulous way. Ends justifying the means, perhaps?

Ethical questions notwithstanding, Gardner is ever entertaining. His language is crisp, plots endlessly twisting, and characters deliciously villainous or improbably naive. Forgive him his stereotypes (racial, gender, or whatever) because he was a reflection of his times.

Despite Gardner's frequently sexist portrayals of damsels in distress, one of his strongest and most interesting characters is none other than Della Street. She ran the show but was wise enough to not let on to her single-minded boss who would rattle off a litany of orders, confident she would get them all down on her steno pad, finish them on an impossibly short timeline, and never have a hair out of place. She was his defensive tackle who ran interference for him without ever showing a single ruffled feather. The soul of discretion, she would make the most secure information vault pale in comparison to her secret-keeping abilities. No wonder she remained 'Miss Street' all those years--there way no way she had a life outside that office. But we loved her for it.

These books from Earl Stanley Gardner are kind of a time capsule. You might enjoy references to 'expensive $5.00 ties,' or dropping a nickle into a pay phone. And no matter how dangerous the world seemed to them, it feels nostalgic and safe to visit now.

So if you want a (somewhat predictable) brain teaser, interesting (though somewhat stereotypical) characters, and a hero who is equal parts anti-hero, you'll enjoy these books. Take them for what they are and enjoy!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9af1e3e4) out of 5 stars The Beauty Contest Fraud Oct. 30 2009
By Acute Observer - Published on Amazon.com
The Case of the Lucky Legs

A note from the author tells about the bygone days when this story takes place. The early Perry Mason was not a stickler for the finer points of legal ethics, individual initiative counted to make a dramatic story. Other novels over the years warned of the beauty contest scams.

Mr. J. R. Bradbury visited Perry Mason about a telegram and a picture. Promoter Frank Patton held a contest to pick the girl with "Lucky Legs" and sold scrip to merchants so they could get a share of the profits in a movie company. Marjorie Clune was sent to Hollywood, given a screen test, then her contract was canceled. It was a legal fraud. Bradbury wants Perry to find Marjorie and put Patton behind bars when he confesses to fraud (Chapter 1). Perry gets information from the D.A.'s office (Chapter 2). He plots strategy with Paul Drake. This racket must have been used elsewhere (Chapter 3). Perry goes to visit Patton and sees a distressed young woman leaving (Chapter 5). Patton's door is unlocked, Perry enters and finds a bloody knife near the body! As he leaves a police officer shows up because of a complaint. Perry calls his office to check on his client. Next he visits Thelma Bell to find Marjorie Clune (Chapter 6). The conversations carry the story forward, and explain strategy.

Perry meets his client Bradbury to exchange information (Chapter 7). Perry discusses the case with Della Street (Chapter 8). Who impersonated Della Street to warn Dr. Doray (Chapter 9)? Who gave information to Paul Drake and where did he get it (Chapter 10)? Perry checked on Thelma's alibi. Perry is very active that night (Chapter 11). The police like Dr. Doray for the murder. Bradbury commands Perry to defend Dr. Doray and get an acquittal (Chapter 12). [What clew sent Perry after the mail plane?] Perry charters an airplane to Summerville on a search (Chapter 13). This is a crisis for Marjorie and Bob Doray! Perry acts to gain time to question Marjorie (Chapter 14). Then he smuggles her out of the hotel (Chapter 15). Perry finds out who was talking to the Drake Detective Bureau (Chapter 16). Marjorie knows her! Perry gets a record of Bradbury's local telephone calls! There is a showdown in Perry's office with Bradbury and two police detectives (Chapter 17). The police want to arrest Perry (Chapter 18)! Perry explains all he knows or surmises to the three detectives. This solves the murder mystery. The last chapter ties up the loose ends.

This is the early Perry Mason who solves crimes like a private investigator. No courtroom scenes. Perry is more rough and gritty too. Della has more spirit, Paul more independence. They do not work like a well-oiled machine as in the later novels. The meeting at the end when the case is solved was typical of many mystery novels and films from that era.
HASH(0x9af1e318) out of 5 stars A Classic from the Early "Hard Boiled" Perry Mason Aug. 10 2015
By henry - Published on Amazon.com
I've been reading Gardner's Perry Mason books off and on for decades. Many years ago, I was an intense fan of the series, and read them all at least once. Now, after a lot of water over the dam, I'm looking at them again.

Those who are used to really fine mystery writers (in the literary sense), such as Ross Macdonald, may find Gardner's writing style off-putting. It can be stiff and mechanical. Nonetheless, I still love the general setting: the characters of Perry, Della, Paul, Lt. Tragg, and Hamilton Berger. That, and the ingenious plots, are why I read Perry Mason.

On the whole, the ones written by 1954 are the best. This one was written in 1935, from Gardner's early "hard boiled" period, and is very good. It opens with Mason greeting a new client named J. R. Bradbury. He is a wealthy 42 year old man from a small southern California city. He says that his town was victimized by one Frank Patton, who runs a clever, barely legal scam. He represents a movie company and goes to small cities and towns supposedly looking for the next Hollywood starlet. He runs a beauty contest for the girl with the best legs and figure, offers the winner a movie contract, and sends her off to Hollywood with much fanfare. However, the fine print says the studio can cancel the contract and picture at their discretion. It always seems to turn out the "starlet" can't act, so she is left high and dry in Hollywood, too embarrassed to return home. This just happened in his town to a young former employee of his, Marjorie Clune. Bradbury has more than a fatherly interest in her. He is furious at Pollard and wants Mason to find some way to get at him, to build a legal case against him.

Mason takes the job. We meet some interesting characters in the DA's office and the police force. In this very early book, there is no Sgt. Holcomb, Lt. Tragg, or Hamilton Burger. Paul Drake starts to get the dope on Patton. They find that Marjorie Clune is with another victim of Pollard's scam, Thelma Bell, and there seems to be a third young woman victim too. The plot thickens as we learn that a young dentist named Dr. Doray is in love with Marjorie Clune, and is also in LA trying to get even with Pollard. Before long Pollard is found murdered and suspicion quickly falls on Dr. Doray and Marjorie Clune. Mason is one of the first to find the body and takes a chance juggling some evidence.

A great deal of suspense results from tension between Bradbury and Mason. Bradbury is footing the bill, but is an unusal client: he is a strong, assertive, smart personality who says he will stop at nothing to clear Marjorie Clune. He clearly understands how Mason juggled the evidence and will throw Mason to the police if he thinks it's necessary!

This is a tightly written page-turner. There are good descriptions of locales and people. The "hard boiled" style of 1930s fiction is very strong here. We see a fighting intense Perry Mason far removed from the character that became so popular on television 20 years later. I love it!

There is no court room scene. The murderer is revealed during an interview with police where Mason is about to be arrested.

One small flaw: there aren't many suspects.

Recurring themes: lots of action in a hotel room; flight in a small private plane; Mason taking chances and risking disbarment.

Highly Recommended.

Oh yes, we learn that Perry Mason's phone number is Broadway 39251!
HASH(0x9af17fa8) out of 5 stars Terrific! One of the best Mason books ever! Dec 16 2013
By Princess Lizzz - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the best of the Perry Masons, hands down. What sets it apart is that for one thing, it's the only Perry I've read where a major client is the criminal. Also, it's got great dialogue & Perry is at his finest, seemingly in some of the biggest trouble he's ever encountered, breaking every rule, and fighting with every weapon he has, whether it's his fists, legal strategy, smart detective work, his loyalty for the right cause, or his wit and "don't mess with me" attitude. It's got a great historical backdrop, filled with Mason going to speakeasies, putting tobacco in his eyes to make himself cry, and breaking and entering, all to get the fair result. Awesome characters, stunning insight into people's minds & thought processes, as well as their hearts. I wish Della was a little more involved in this one & there was more romance between them, but it's still fantastic. This also may be the only time Paul Drake REALLY falls down on the job...it's not just little mistakes, either! Drake thwarts Mason, undermines his case, and helps the criminal! I love the depths of the murderer's deviousness; ESG makes them a totally meticulous, manipulative mastermind, who almost never misses a chance to capitalize on situations and plans the crime to the tiniest detail. This was the almost "perfect crime." Better yet, Mason's own amazing brain is brilliantly displayed. He thinks of everything & is so creative and clever in not only figuring things out, but the methods he uses and strategies he employs just blow me away. The way he proves the solution to the murder is another demonstration of his (and ESG's) phenomenal genius. The case seems impossible to win, but Mason's explanation & proof make his solution to the mystery so apparent that it's impossible to even consider another answer. By the time Perry's done with the criminal, the best lawyers in the world wouldn't have the proverbial snowball's chance of even getting a reduced sentence, and It becomes evident that the murderer is completely guilty of countless other crimes. This is one of the only books where Mason uses another detective agency, which he hires to basically shadow his regular shadow (Paul Drake)! Also, I love how Perry makes the cops look like tools, and how he uses the law to make them seem even sillier. Part of ESG's genius is due to the fact that he really makes the legal system about what matters: He has no problem blithely justifying (legally and ethically) lying to the police or concealing a suspect, for example, but everything Perry does, from the simply technical, to the unconventional and illegal, is done to further the cause of justice. The same Mason who breaks into an apartment gives money to a single mom for her child's education. If you like Perry Mason, this one is a must-read; you will love, love, love it!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9af1e42c) out of 5 stars It is a different world Aug. 23 2014
By Deacon John - Published on Amazon.com
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The story was OK. It had trouble holding my attention. It sure was a different world in 1950. I might buy another from time but I'm not going to read the entire corpus.

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