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by Erle Stanley Gardner. Publication Date: 2/1/1991. ISBN 13: 9780792706359.

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This 1942 book introduces readers to the new chemical called a detergent. It can affect the oil on a duck's feathers so a duck will no longer float on the water. Perry Mason and Della Street are on a vacation in Palm Springs when John L. Witherspoon asks for advice regarding his daughter Lois. Mr. Witherspoon disapproves of his daughter's boyfriend Marvin, and wants to end their romance. Another private detective had done this; but he is found dead by poison. Witherspoon has visitors at his ranch.

Erle Stanley Gardner (July 17, 1889 – March 11, 1970) was an American lawyer and author. He is best known for the Perry Mason series of detective stories, but he wrote numerous other novels and shorter pieces and also a series of nonfiction books, mostly narrations of his travels through Baja California and other regions in Mexico. The best-selling American author of the 20th century at the time of his death, Gardner also published under numerous pseudonyms, including .

Erle Stanley Gardner was a rugged outdoorsman who objected to the stereotype of the attorney as a. .About 55 years ago I read everything Erle Stanley Gardner had in print

Erle Stanley Gardner was a rugged outdoorsman who objected to the stereotype of the attorney as a four-eyed wimp hiding behind his law books. In this book we see Perry Mason riding a horse and changing a tire. We also learn that he puts on clean underwear after he bathes. About 55 years ago I read everything Erle Stanley Gardner had in print. I loved Perry Mason - the way I remembered it. Then when it hit TV, Raymond Burr became Perry Mason for me.

Erle Stanley Gardner was the master of American mystery fiction. A civil rights lawyer turned author, his mysteries contain intricate plots. Challenging and full of surprises, these are whodunits in the best tradition. He wrote 146 books, 85 of which feature Perry Mason. The fictional attorney became the basis of a popular TV series, achieving an enviable record for winning his cases.


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Erle Stanley Gardner was a rugged outdoorsman who objected to the stereotype of the attorney as a four-eyed wimp hiding behind his law books. In this book we see Perry Mason riding a horse and changing a tire. We also learn that he puts on clean underwear after he bathes. I think that using the words "granite hard" and "underwear" in the same paragraph is pushing the envelope, but Perry IS a man of action and he and Della ARE on vacation. And it's none of your business, anyway.

Their much-needed R&R in Palm Springs is interrupted when an arrogant rich man demands Perry's services. His only child wants to marry a youngster of questionable family and Papa wants Perry to stop it. Young Marvin just finished a degree in chemistry and his favorite parlor trick is to render a duck unable to swim by dropping a mysterious, recently-discovered substance into the water. (You'll laugh when you find out what it is, but remember that all of our mind-boggling scientific discoveries will look pitiful in a few decades.) He drags the duck out in the nick of time, but his prospective father-in-law regards this as animal cruelty and proof of BAD BLOOD.

Even in pre-PETA days, animal experimentation was an issue and Gardner came out against it in several books. He seems inclined to cut Marvin some slack, probably because the old man is so irritating you WANT to prove him wrong even though he's paying the bill. Also, it's 1942 and Marvin is the type of energetic, brash young man who'll win the war and return home to build a strong, modern economy. And it did work out like that, although the hard-drivers (and their families) paid a price.

The recurring theme is Perry Mason's deep conviction that a lawyer can only properly defend his client if he starts with the assumption that the client is innocent and deserving of full exoneration. Plea bargaining or having the case dismissed on a legal technicality is for pikers. Mason is the best lawyer in the world if you're innocent and wrongly accused and all of his clients ARE innocent. Real lawyers aren't so lucky.

Like all of this series, it's a look into the past and it's alternately charming and disturbing. Perry orders a pot of coffee in a dining car and gives the "grinning" waiter a whole dollar and tells him to keep the change. The servants are all "Mexicans" even when they speak perfect English. Perry feels very sorry for the rich white guy caught up in a web of circumstantial evidence. I reserved my sympathy for the servants who were forced to testify ("reluctantly") against their employer. Perry's client is cleared, of course, but what happened to those servants and their jobs and their families? Gardner indicates no interest. To him, they're unimportant. If he was writing today, would he show more empathy for the underdog?

Gardner wasn't a great writer, but he knew his stuff and he stuck to what he could do. During his best period, he cranked out a remarkable number of good books with well-plotted mysteries and intriguing characters. He was a hard-working craftsman and deserves our respect.
Grosho
As with all ESG's "Perry Mason" adventures, 'The Case of The Drowning Duck' is a fast paced, easy read and thoroughly enjoyable. Fans of the iconic TV series may recognize the title but very little else. That's not a criticism of either the novels or the TV series, just something to remember. I started reading the novels to see what the differences were and quickly forgot that reasoning as I became obsessed with the exploits of Perry, Della, Paul, and the rest of the characters that you have come to know and love. What does become clear in the novels is that Perry is as much as a detective as he is a he is a lawyer and his 'interest' in Della is more than just an employee. So, sit back and enjoy!
ESG began writing "Perry Mason" in 1939, so there are some passages that relate to women and particularly to Brothers and Sisters of color that are objectionable.
Ynneig
About 55 years ago I read everything Erle Stanley Gardner had in print. I loved Perry Mason - the way I remembered it. Then when it hit TV, Raymond Burr became Perry Mason for me. I loved the stories, etc. That is, the way I remembered the stories. I downloaded this book just to relive the memories. I was surprised at what I read. First, it is so funny how a book can become dated. I believe Perry lit up about 5 cigarettes in the first few pages!! Never happen today. Then he tips his hat to a woman. A HAT? Good grief no guy wears a hat today - well except for a cowboy. Also, everything was "swell". That just sounded so funny to me. I have no idea what year this book was written but I know it was a long time ago so all of these things would have been just like it was. The weirdest thing was they had to go " find a phone". They had to stop driving to "find a phone". NO CELL PHONES. Now that was just weird.

It seemed as tho Perry Was very arrogant and full of himself. I didn't remember him that way. I remembered him more like Raymond Burr!! Smarter than everyone else but cool, calm, and collected. I just had a hard time getting my head wrapped around this Perry and the Perry I remembered!!!

I enjoyed the story, it was a mystery that just goes on and on and on with a surprising Who Done It. I enjoyed it but I don't think I will wander any further down memory lane. I think I will just keep my Raymond Burr memories!! A fun read from yesteryear.
Androlhala
It is impossible to get a bad book written by Earl Stanley Gardner. There are all types of typographical errors but they don’t interfere with understanding the plot.
felt boot
When it comes to making a crime novel, Mr. Gardner stands among the best. Looking forward to the next one. Working my way from start to finish.
WOGY
Once again Mason flirts with professional disaster in aid of a client, this time an attractive, ambitious young man (engaged to a bright, headstrong young woman) who doesn't know his own family's tragic secret. An interesting sideline is the introduction of a then-cutting-edge technology -- detergents.
Conjukus
Earle Stanley Gardner at his best, terrific read!
Great book. I really enjoy all of the Perry Mason cases. I hope they find more of Erle Stanley Gardner's books for the kindle.
Case of the Drowning Duck (Curley Large Print Books) download epub
Contemporary
Author: Erle Stanley Gardner
ISBN: 0792706366
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Contemporary
Language: English
Publisher: John Curley & Associates; Large Print edition edition (June 3, 1991)
Pages: 360 pages