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On the time of his loss of life, Erle Stanley Gardner used to be the best-selling American writer of the twentieth century, and global well-known because the author of crusading legal professional Perry Mason. Gardner additionally created the hardboiled detective staff of Cool and Lam, stars of 29 novels released among 1939 and 1970 -- and one that’s by no means been released till now.

misplaced for greater than seventy five years, THE KNIFE SLIPPED was once intended to be the second one ebook within the sequence yet shelved while Gardner’s writer objected to (among different issues) Bertha Cool’s tendency to “talk difficult, swear, smoke cigarettes, and check out to gyp people.” yet this story of adultery and corruption, of double-crosses and triple identities -- although stunning for 1939 -- shines at the present time as an excellent current from the prior, a go back to the heyday of personal eyes and shady dames, of strong criminals, crooked police officers, blazing discussion, and scrumptious plot twists.

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