Review: The Case of the Velvet Claws

The Case of the Velvet Claws
The Case of the Velvet Claws by Erle Stanley Gardner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Interesting first book in the long-running series that was the basis for the popular TV show starring Raymond Burr. It’s a bit strange that, being a lawyer, Mason acts more like a hard-boiled gumshoe in this one, and doesn’t get near a courtroom. That aside, it’s a fairly good mystery tale, and a bit on the old school side, and a bit dated (the text mentions that Perry kept the choke on in his car when going around a corner). Gardner’s a decent writer though, and the take holds up.

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