The Case of the Borrowed Brunette
Erle Stanley Gardner. Walter J. Black: 1946.
This is the first Perry Mason novel I’ve read and I was reasonably impressed with the writing style and the story itself.
It seems to be more of a “story” than some mysteries, but less of a drama (read: soap opera) than others – a happy medium, perhaps. No real interesting stylistic manoeuvering or symbolism, but at least the story is clear and concise.
The case involves impersonation, murder, theft, adultery, blackmail, gambling. The whole gamut, I suppose. The plot line, however, pulls you through a lot of the miscellanea, and it is interesting to see Perry Mason’s guesswork and hypotheses (not always accurate) develop along the way.
(Also of note is Mason’s age and description being not at all similar to the TV program!)