Erle Stanley Gardner Books

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Erle Stanley Gardner was a novelist and lawyer that wrote the famous Perry Mason novels. Born in 1889 in Malden, Massachusetts, he attended Palo Alto High School, California, and Valparaiso University, Indiana.

Order of Perry Mason Series

1The Case of the Velvet Claws 1933Description / Buy
2The Case of the Sulky Girl 1933Description / Buy
3The Case of the Lucky Legs 1934Description / Buy
4The Case of the Howling Dog 1934Description / Buy
5The Case of the Curious Bride 1934Description / Buy
6The Case of the Counterfeit Eye (Short Story) 1935Description / Buy
7The Case of the Caretaker's Cat 1935Description / Buy
8The Case of the Sleepwalker's Niece 1936Description / Buy
9The Case of the Stuttering Bishop 1936Description / Buy
10The Case of the Dangerous Dowager 1937Description / Buy
11The Case of the Lame Canary 1937Description / Buy
12The Case of the Substitute Face 1938Description / Buy
13The Case of the Shoplifter's Shoe 1938Description / Buy
14The Case of the Perjured Parrot 1939Description / Buy
15The Case of the Rolling Bones 1939Description / Buy
16The Case of the Baited Hook 1940Description / Buy
17The Case of the Silent Partner 1940Description / Buy
18The Case of the Haunted Husband 1941Description / Buy
19The Case of the Empty Tin 1941Description / Buy
20The Case of the Drowning Duck 1942Description / Buy
21The Case of the Careless Kitten 1942Description / Buy
22The Case of the Buried Clock 1943Description / Buy
23The Case of the Drowsy Mosquito 1943Description / Buy
24The Case of the Crooked Candle 1944Description / Buy
25The Case of the Black-Eyed Blonde 1944Description / Buy
26The Case of the Golddigger's Purse 1945Description / Buy
27The Case of the Half-Wakened Wife (Short Story) 1945Description / Buy
28The Case of the Borrowed Brunette (Short Story) 1946Description / Buy
29The Case of the Fan-Dancer's Horse 1946Description / Buy
30The Case of the Lazy Lover 1947Description / Buy
31The Case of the Lonely Heiress 1948Description / Buy
32The Case of the Vagabond Virgin 1948Description / Buy
33The Case of the Cautious Coquette 1949Description / Buy
34The Case of the Dubious Bridegroom 1949Description / Buy
35The Case of the Negligent Nymph 1950Description / Buy
36The Case of the One-Eyed Witness 1950Description / Buy
37The Case of the Fiery Fingers 1951Description / Buy
38The Case of the Angry Mourner 1951Description / Buy
39The Case of the Moth-Eaten Mink 1952Description / Buy
40The Case of the Grinning Gorilla 1952Description / Buy
41The Case of the Hesitant Hostess 1953Description / Buy
42The Case of the Green-Eyed Sister (Short Story) 1953Description / Buy
43The Case of the Fugitive Nurse (Short Story) 1954Description / Buy
44The Case of the Runaway Corpse 1954Description / Buy
45The Case of the Restless Redhead 1954Description / Buy
46The Case of the Sun Bather's Diary 1955Description / Buy
47The Case of the Glamorous Ghost 1955Description / Buy
48The Case of the Nervous Accomplice 1955Description / Buy
49The Case of the Terrified Typist 1955Description / Buy
50The Case of the Gilded Lily 1956Description / Buy
51The Case of the Demure Defendant 1956Description / Buy
52The Case of The Screaming Woman 1957Description / Buy
53The Case of the Lucky Loser (Short Story) 1957Description / Buy
54The Case of the Daring Decoy 1957Description / Buy
55The Case of the Foot-Loose Doll 1958Description / Buy
56The Case of the Long-Legged Models 1958Description / Buy
57The Case of the Calendar Girl 1958Description / Buy
58The Case of the Singing Skirt (Short Story) 1959Description / Buy
59The Case of the Mythical Monkeys 1959Description / Buy
60The Case of the Deadly Toy 1959Description / Buy
61The Case of the Waylaid Wolf 1960Description / Buy
62The Case of the Duplicate Daughter 1960Description / Buy
63The Case of the Shapely Shadow 1960Description / Buy
64The Case of the Spurious Spinster 1961Description / Buy
65The Case of the Bigamous Spouse 1961Description / Buy
66The Case of the Reluctant Model 1962Description / Buy
67The Case of the Blonde Bonanza 1962Description / Buy
68The Case of the Ice-Cold Hands 1962Description / Buy
69The Case of the Mischievous Doll 1962Description / Buy
70The Case of the Stepdaughter's Secret 1963Description / Buy
71The Case of the Amorous Aunt (Short Story) 1963Description / Buy
72The Case of the Daring Divorcee 1964Description / Buy
73The Case of the Phantom Fortune 1964Description / Buy
74The Case of the Horrified Heirs 1964Description / Buy
75The Case of the Troubled Trustee 1965Description / Buy
76The Case of the Beautiful Beggar 1965Description / Buy
77The Case of the Worried Waitress 1966Description / Buy
78The Case of the Queenly Contestant 1967Description / Buy
79The Case of the Careless Cupid 1968Description / Buy
80The Case of the Fabulous Fake 1969Description / Buy
81The Case of the Fenced-in Woman 1972Description / Buy
82The Case of the Postponed Murder 1973Description / Buy
83The Case of Too Many Murders ( By:) 1989Description / Buy
84The Case of the Burning Bequest ( By:) 1990Description / Buy

Order of Perry Mason Collections

1The Case of the Murderer's Bride and Other Stories 1955Description / Buy
2The Case of the Crimson Kiss 1970Description / Buy
3The Case Of The Crying Swallow 1971Description / Buy
4The Case of the Irate Witness and Other Stories 1973Description / Buy
5Four Cases of Murder 1989Description / Buy

Order of Doug Selby Series

1The D.A. Calls It Murder 1937Description / Buy
2The D.A. Holds a Candle 1938Description / Buy
3The D.A. Draws a Circle 1939Description / Buy
4The D.A. Goes to Trial 1940Description / Buy
5The D.A. Calls a Turn 1944Description / Buy
6The D.A. Breaks a Seal 1946Description / Buy
7The D.A. Takes a Chance 1948Description / Buy
8The D.A. Breaks An Egg 1949Description / Buy

Order of Terry Clane Series

1Murder Up My Sleeve 1937Description / Buy
2The Case of the Backward Mule 1946Description / Buy

Order of Donald Lam & Bertha Cool Series as A.A. Fair

1The Bigger They Come 1939Description / Buy
2The Knife Slipped 1939Description / Buy
3Turn on the Heat 1940Description / Buy
4Gold Comes in Bricks 1940Description / Buy
5Spill the Jackpot 1941Description / Buy
6Double or Quits 1941Description / Buy
7Owls Don't Blink 1942Description / Buy
8Bats Fly at Dusk 1942Description / Buy
9Cats Prowl at Night 1943Description / Buy
10Give 'em the Ax 1944Description / Buy
11Crows Can't Count 1946Description / Buy
12Fools Die on Friday 1947Description / Buy
13Bedrooms Have Windows 1949Description / Buy
14Top of the Heap 1952Description / Buy
15Some Women Won't Wait 1953Description / Buy
16Beware the Curves 1956Description / Buy
17You Can Die Laughing 1957Description / Buy
18Some Slips Don't Show 1957Description / Buy
19The Count of 9 1958Description / Buy
20Pass the Gravy 1959Description / Buy
21Kept Women Can't Quit 1960Description / Buy
22Bachelors Get Lonely 1961Description / Buy
23Shills Can't Cash Chips 1961Description / Buy
24Try Anything Once 1962Description / Buy
25Fish or Cut Bait 1963Description / Buy
26Up for Grabs 1964Description / Buy
27Cut Thin to Win 1965Description / Buy
28Widows Wear Weeds 1966Description / Buy
29Traps Need Fresh Bait 1967Description / Buy
30All Grass Isn't Green 1970Description / Buy

Order of Gramp Wiggens Series

1The Case of the Turning Tide 1941Description / Buy
2The Case of the Smoking Chimney 1943Description / Buy
3The Case Of The Musical Cow 1960Description / Buy

Order of Erle Stanley Gardner Standalone Novels

1Dead Men's Letters 1990Description / Buy
2The Exploits of the Patent Leather Kid 2010Description / Buy

Order of Erle Stanley Gardner Short Story Collections

1The Amazing Adventures of Lester Leith 1980Description / Buy
2The Human Zero 1981Description / Buy
3Whispering Sands 1981Description / Buy
4Pay Dirt and Other Whispering Sands Stories of Gold Fever and the Western Desert 1983Description / Buy
5The Adventures Of Paul Pry, Volume 2 1990Description / Buy
6The Blonde in Lower Six Plus 3 Short Novels 1990Description / Buy
7The Adventures Of Paul Pry 1991Description / Buy
8Honest Money and Other Short Novels 1991Description / Buy
9The Danger Zone and Other Stories 2004Description / Buy
10The Casebook of Sidney Zoom 2006Description / Buy

Order of Erle Stanley Gardner Non-Fiction Books

1The Court of Last Resort: The True Story of a Team of Crime Experts Who Fought to Save the Wrongfully Convicted 1952Description / Buy
2The Hidden Heart of Baja 1962Description / Buy
3The Desert is Yours 1963Description / Buy
4Hunting the Desert Whale 1963Description / Buy
5Drifting Down Delta 1969Description / Buy

Erle Stanley Gardner Anthologies

1 Tantalizing Locked Room Mysteries1982Description / Buy
2 The Oxford Book of American Detective Stories1996Description / Buy
3 A Century of Great Suspense Stories2001Description / Buy
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But he did not graduate from Valparaiso. He was expelled for fighting after just one month. But Erle, who spoke fluent Chinese, was a boxer. In fact, his interest in boxing had become a distraction.

Once he left Valparaiso, he decided to make boxing a priority. For a time, he was able to support himself, especially when the illegal wrestling matches he promoted entered the picture.

The author’s life took a sharp turn when he landed a position as a typist in a law office in California. He was so fascinated by the legal field that he decided to become a lawyer.

Fortunately for Erle, he lived in an era where people could become lawyers without attending law school. They were expected to learn everything they needed to know through practical experience. This is why Erle passed the state bar exam even though he had no formal training in the legal field.

After joining the California Bar in 1911, he opened a law office. The author was just 21 at the time. But times were tough. He tried to make a living by defending Chinese clients. But he eventually migrated to Ventura, joining forces with another lawyer.

He did not stick around for long. A sales agency lured him out of the legal field. The author worked as a salesman (Consolidated Sales Co.) for three years, marrying Natalie Frances Talbert during this period.

He finally returned to Ventura, joining a new law firm (Sheridan, Orr, Drapeau, and Gardner). But the author found that he did not like working as a lawyer. He enjoyed certain aspects of his career, including litigation. But for the most part, the legal practice was dull.

He responded to this realization by writing stories for pulp magazines. Once he published his first story in the early 1920s, it sparked a passion for writing that he pursued for the rest of his life.
During those early days, he created a litany of renowned characters, including Lester Keith and Ken Corning. But it is for Perry Mason that Erle Stanley Gardner is best known.

When he was a child, Gardner was a regular reader of the magazine ‘Youth’s Companion’. The magazine was published by ‘Perry Mason and Company’ whose name was printed in large letters on the cover. The name stayed with the author. His Perry Mason stories had a strong following of readers that loved the author’s rich plot details. As interest in the Perry Mason novels grew, Erle’s contribution to pulp magazines decreased.

By the time pulp magazines died out in the 1950s, Erle was already writing for radio programs.

Erle Stanley Gardner Awards

The author won an Edgar Award.

Erle Stanley Gardner Books into Movies

Some of Erle’s novels became live-action films, including ‘The Case of the Howling Dog’, ‘The Case of the Lucky Legs’, ‘The Case of the Velvet Claws’, ‘The Case of the Black Cat’, ‘The Case of the Stuttering Bishop’, ‘The Case of the Curious Bride’, and ‘Granny Get Your Gun’.

The Perry Mason books became a successful TV series in 1957. It featured Raymond Burr. The show ended in 1966 before making a comeback of sorts in 1989 as various TV movies.

Best Erle Stanley Gardner Books

The author died in 1970 at the age of 80. Cancer was the cause. Erle’s best novels include:

The Case of the Velvet Claws: Perry Mason has a complicated case on his hands. Eva and Harrison survived an attempted robbery at a restaurant. But Harrison isn’t Eva’s husband. In fact, George, Eva’s husband, was behind Frank Locke’s decision to blackmail congressman Harrison.

But now George is dead. Someone shot him in the heart. His will is a forgery. This isn’t good for Carl, George’s nephew, because he benefits greatly from the will. The young man is planning to marry the daughter of Eva’s housekeeper.

The Case of the Sulky Girl: Frances is a 24-year-old girl that wants to get married. Her father left her a sizeable inheritance. But his will has a clause that prevents her from getting married before the age of 25. She wants Perry Mason to find a way around the clause.

When Does The Next Erle Stanley Gardner book come out?

Erle Stanley Gardner doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is The Court of Last Resort: The True Story of a Team of Crime Experts Who Fought to Save the Wrongfully Convicted and was released on May, 9th 2017. It is the newest book in the Erle Stanley Gardner Non-Fiction Books.

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