The Case of the Deadly Toy

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781471908705

Price: £18.99

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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

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When Norda Allison saw her husband-to-be slap his young son, she immediately called off the wedding. Now she is terrified. Her ex-fiancé has beaten up her new boyfriend, and anonymous newspaper clippings are flooding her mailbox – articles graphically depicting what jilted men do to the women who leave them.

Then Norda’s life takes an even darker turn. It begins with a barking dog, a child’s scream, a gun shot, and the discovery of a dead body – and takes a further twist when Norda is arrested and charged with brutal murder. Now only the brilliant courtroom strategist Perry Mason stands between Norda and a sentence of certain death …


The bestselling author of the century ... a master storyteller
Beautiful babes, worthy opponents and fancy legal cross-stitching . . . a stellar ending
Amazing originality
For fans of classic hard-boiled whodunits, this is a time machine back to an exuberant era of snappy patter, stakeouts, and double-crosses
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
With Perry Mason, Erle Stanley Gardner introduced to American letters the notion of the lawyer as a hero - and a detective - which were remarkable innovations. He even gave defence lawyers a good name to boot. His Mason books remain tantalising on every page and brilliant
Scott Turow, author of Presumed Innocent and Testimony
Kingpin among the mystery writers