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The Case of the Shoplifter's Shoe
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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); Mysterious Press.com (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.

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"Mason displays his usual brilliant cross-examination skills as the action builds to a highly satisfying climax. Gardner's cleverness and mastery of trial details are amply on display in this entry in the American Mystery Classics series." -- Publishers Weekly
"No one has ever matched Gardner for swift, sure exposition." -- Kirkus
"While we wait to watch Mason eviscerate his opponent, we can savor a vanished way of talking. There's something charming about hearing a movie called a "picture show." As a kind of origin story, this one's a treat." -- Booklist
"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 defense lawyers a good name to boot. His Mason books reaming tantalizing on every page and brilliant." -- Scott Turow, author of Presume Innocent and Testimony

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