- Erle Stanley Gardner. writing as "A. A. Fair," The Knife Slipped. The long-lost Bertha Cool/Donald Lam novel from Hard Case Crime. This was meant to be the second book in the series but the publisher wavered because Bertha Cool was being too Bertha-like. The novel was shelved, the book forgotten until now. I remember reading a comment from Anthony Boucher about five decades ago that many (perhaps most) readers preferred Gardner's Cool/Lam books to the Perry Mason books. I can see why. They've been a favorite of mine since I first discovered them. Up until last year I could say that I had read all in the series. But now there's this gift that, in its very minor way, helps to offset a terrible 2016. This one's gong to be fun.
Small House of Everything
Monday, January 2, 2017
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