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    The Knife Slipped by Erle Stanley Gardner

This tale of adultery and corruption, of double-crosses and triple identities--however shocking for 1939--shines today as a glorious present from the past, a return to the heyday of private eyes and shady dames, of powerful criminals, crooked cops, blazing dialogue, and delicious plot twists.

Year: 1939
Genre: Hardboiled Detective

    Turn on the Heat by Erle Stanley Gardner

Hired by a mysterious "Mr. Smith" to find a woman who vanished 21 years earlier, Donald Lam finds himself facing a sadistic cop, a desperate showgirl, a duplicitous client, and one very dogged (and beautiful) newspaper reporter - while Bertha Cool's attempts to cut herself in on this lucrative opportunity land them both hip-deep in murder...

Year: 1940
Genre: Hardboiled DetectiveMissing Person

    Top of the Heap by Erle Stanley Gardner

When the beautiful girlfriend of a notorious gangster vanishes, the last man to be seen with her needs an alibi - and fast. Enter Donald Lam of the Cool & Lam detective agency. Donald tracks down the two women with whom his client claims to have spent the night and the client declares the case closed.

Year: 1952
Genre: Hardboiled Detective

    The Count of 9 by Erle Stanley Gardner

Hired to protect the treasures of a globe-trotting adventurer, Bertha and Donald confront an impossible crime: how could anything be smuggled out of a dinner party - least of all a 6-foot-long blowgun - when the guests were X-rayed coming and going? But that's nothing compared to the crime they face next: AN IMPOSSIBLE MURDER...

Year: 1958
Genre: Murder Mystery

    Shills Can't Cash Chips by Erle Stanley Gardner

Has Donald Lam gone to the dark side? From the world-famous creator of "Perry Mason," Erle Stanley Gardner - at his death the best-selling American writer of all time - comes another baffling case for the Cool & Lam detective agency. Return to the 1960s as a simple insurance investigation into a car accident puts Bertha Cool and Donald Lam on the trail of murder - and Donald hip-deep in danger when he poses as an ex-con to infiltrate a criminal gang.

Year: 1961
Genre: Hardboiled Detective


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YearTitle

1939The Knife Slipped by Erle Stanley Gardner
1940Turn on the Heat by Erle Stanley Gardner
1952Top of the Heap by Erle Stanley Gardner
1958The Count of 9 by Erle Stanley Gardner
1961Shills Can't Cash Chips by Erle Stanley Gardner