The Case of the Careless Kitten: A Perry Mason Mystery

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5.2 X 7.9 X 0.8 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author
Erle Stanley Gardner (1889-1970) was the best-selling American author of the 20th century, mainly due to the enormous success of his Perry Mason series, which numbered more than 80 novels and inspired a half-dozen motion pictures, radio programs, and a long-running television series that starred Raymond Burr. Having begun his career as a pulp writer, Gardner brought a hard-boiled style and sensibility to the early Mason books, but gradually developed into a more classic detective story novelist, showing enough clues to allow the astute reader to solve the mystery. For more than a quarter of a century he wrote more than a million words a year under his own name and numerous pseudonyms, the most famous being A.A. Fair.
Otto Penzler, the creator of American Mystery Classics, is also the founder of The Mysterious Press (1975); (2011), an electronic-book publishing company; and New York City's Mysterious Bookshop (1979). He has won a Raven, the Ellery Queen Award, two Edgars (for the Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection, 1977, and The Lineup, 2010), and lifetime achievement awards from NoirCon and The Strand Magazine. He has edited more than 70 anthologies and written extensively about mystery fiction.
With Perry Mason, Erle Stanley Gardner introduced to American letters the notion of the lawyer as a hero--and detective--which were remarkable innovations. He even gave defense lawyers a good name to boot. His Mason books remain tantalizing on every page and brilliant.--Scott Turow, author of Presumed Innocent and Testimony
This reissue in the American Mystery Classics series will appeal to a new generation of readers.-- "Publishers Weekly"
No one has ever matched Gardner for swift, sure exposition, and this vintage case shows America's lawyer taking on a delightfully unexpected role.-- "Kirkus" (12/14/2018 12:00:00 AM)
One of the best of the Perry Mason tales.-- "The New York Times"
Gardner has a way of moving the story forward that is almost a lost art: great stretches of dialogue alternate with lively chunks of exposition, and the two work together perfectly, without sacrificing momentum.-- "Booklist" (12/14/2018 12:00:00 AM)