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Perry Mason and the Case of the Lucky Legs (Perry Mason (A Radio Dramatization)) MP3 CD – Audiobook, October 4, 2016
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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!
If you want to read a good mystery book this is one for you-one that has lots of twists and turns-both in the cars and in the plot, this is one for you.
This one happened more behind the scenes, with a lot of Detective work, moving people around and playing musical hotel rooms. I did catch on to who 'did it' about half way through, but it did keep me reading. Mostly because Perry crosses a line (like he usually does) but could get caught at it. Not good to have a lawyer have to do time! So wanting to see how that played out kept me interested.
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I guess Gardner still hadn't found the rythm or the pattern that his later works reflect. The interpersonal relations between Mason and Della, Mason and Drake are so different here! Drake is more of an equal than an accessory and Della is more girlish and frightened in this case. There is no scent of that dashing, confident, sly, persistent side kick, that I have grown to love so much. I guess as in real life, the characters were still young and fresh in Gardner's mind during this book. Still trying to find themselves.
What were thankfully same here as in the other books of the series, were Mason's grit, determination and cunning, and his habit to stick his neck all out for his clients. They remain true all throughout the series.
I see that Gardner has attempted to try and give Mason many characteristic actions which he might have thought are a benchmark for a successful mystery. Too many words have gone in describing these gestures which are, to be frank, unnecessary. Thankfully, he abandoned these later.
Another place where this case differed majorly was, the entire arrangement of the case. There was too much running around and sleuthing happening here. For the 1st time (at least to my eyes), another private detective was hired to keep a watch on Drake! Two agencies hired by Mason here! Plus, all his detecting! Too much!
I felt something amiss initially and many times through this book, like, something very very wrong... But, once I consciously decided to keep all my idea of a typical Perry Mason mystery aside, and read this book as a stand alone, fresh book, I could, comparatively read it easier.