The case of the velvet claws book
The Case of the Velvet Claws by Erle Stanley GardnerThis is the first book of the series featuring criminal defense attorney Perry Mason and his gang: his secretary Della Street and a private detective Paul Drake whose services Mason uses quite often. For those unfamiliar with the series and the TV show based on it, Perry Mason is a guy you really want on your side if you ever have legal problems. Mason always fights for his clients to the end no matter what, but his fees are not cheap (in this book his total was well into thousands and we are talking about the year 1933). Usually there is no more than one dead body in a book, but the plot is always complicated - enough to make Agatha Christie proud.
In this novel a young woman asked Mason to protect her from the blackmail. Della Street instantly takes a dislike of Masons new client claiming she is a typical gold-digger (I am using a modern term for this) and not to be trusted. It turned out she was right as the woman in question did everything she could to personally involve Mason in her problems hoping he would be better motivated to help himself and by extension her.
As I mentioned already this is the first book of the series and as such the main characters are not as developed as in the later books and some of the regulars are not mentioned at all. For this reason I almost gave 3 stars to the book, but the plot twists were good and plentiful enough for me to warrant 1 extra star.
One more note: for the love of all that is holy do not read the blurb for this book. It gives away something which while revealed early still was unexpected surprise for me. You have been warned.
This review is a copy/paste of my BookLikes one: http://gene.booklikes.com/post/849637...
The Case of the Velvet Claws
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Please type in your email address in order to receive an email with instructions on how to reset your password. Thanks to a bungled robbery at a fancy hotel, the already-married Eva Griffin has been caught in the company of a prominent congressman. To protect the politico, Eva''s ready to pay the editor of a sleazy tabloid his hush money. But Perry Mason has other plans. He tracks down the phantom fat cat who secretly runs the blackmailing tabloid-only to discover a shocking scoop. By the time Mason''s comely client finally comes clean, her husband has taken a bullet in the heart.
The Case of the Velvet Claws is a mystery film , based on the first Perry Mason novel by Erle Stanley Gardner and featuring the fourth and final appearance of Warren William as defense attorney Mason. Mason finally marries his longtime secretary Della Street , but has to cut their honeymoon short in order to defend a woman accused of murder. Movies Collection. The box set can also be purchased through Amazon. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification.