The Case of the Drowning Duck



A Dead Man In The Kitchen, Gas Fumes Permeates The House, A Duck Seem To Be Drowning In The Fishbowl, But It Didn T Die Maybe That Fact Has Something To Do With MurderThe Case of the Drowning Duck

Erle Stanley Gardner was an American lawyer and author of detective stories who also published under the pseudonyms A.A Fair, Kyle Corning, Charles M Green, Carleton Kendrake, Charles J Kenny, Les Tillray, and Robert Parr.Innovative and restless in his nature, he was bored by the routine of legal practice, the only part of which he enjoyed was trial work and the development of trial strategy In his spare time, he began to write for pulp magazines, which also fostered the early careers of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler He created many different series characters for the pulps, including the ingenious Lester Leith, a gentleman thief in the tradition of Raffles, and Ken Corning, a crusading lawyer who was the archetype of his most successful creation, the fictional lawyer and crime solver Perry Mason, about whom he wrotethan eighty novels With the success of Perry Mason, he gradually reduced his contributions to the pulp magazines, eventually withdrawing from the medium entirely, except for non fiction articles on travel, Western history, and forensic science.Seeat

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 214 pages
  • The Case of the Drowning Duck
  • Erle Stanley Gardner
  • English
  • 07 August 2019
  • 0345378687

10 thoughts on “The Case of the Drowning Duck

  1. says:

    Perry Mason escaped from the city to take a break from work only to meet a rich guy who wanted to consult him professionally The guy s daughter decided to marry a young fellow who literally knows nothing about his origins By hiring detectives his prospective father in law found out the father of his relative in the making was executed eighteen years ago for murder Now Mason s client wanted the lawyer to look through the trial transcript to check if the verdict was fair After studying the pap Perry Mason escaped from the city to take a break from work only to meet a rich guy who wanted to consult him professionally The guy s daughter decided to marry a young fellow who literally knows nothing about his origins By hiring detectives his prospective father in law found out the father of his relative in the making was executed eighteen years ago for murder Now Mason s client wanted the lawyer to look through the trial transcript to check if the verdict was fair After studying the papers Mason was not sure if the defendant was guilty His suspicious became certainty when he literally stumbled upon a dead body which was connected to the events of past I feel the need to speak about the title How do you make a duck to drown I do not mean this one as everybody knows Daffy Duck really is unsinkable It seems people making living by making work related to agriculture in pre WWII US would laugh at the idea as ducks do not drown, even the dead ones However it can be easily done with something we modern people use every day I will spoil this one for you detergents Put some into a water container, add a duck and a poor guy becomes as good at swimming as a heavy stone Kids, don t try this at home Believe it or not this fact became one of the cornerstones of a court session where Mason got to shine as he usually does I keep saying that when it comes to mysteries dealing with happenings in the past which continue influencing the present and people s skeletons in the closet Ross Macdonald is an unbeatable master If you are interested in such mysteries my recommendation would be read his Lew Archer series This book strongly resembled Archer s mysteries in themes and tones It also broke a record in the amount of dead bodies for the series, if you count both past and present As for the mystery itself it was both simple and complicated I cannot explain it without spoilers, but let me just mention that I was very much caught off guard when one person was killed as at that time I was sure that was the culprit As you might have guessed the mystery was good enough for 4 star rating

  2. says:

    This is the twentieth Perry Mason novel, about a quarter of the way through the series It s set in 1942, just as the U.S has entered the Second World War, and as always, reflects the standards and the attitudes of its time.As the book opens, Perry and his secretary are away from the office on vacation in Palm Springs Why Perry and Della are vacationing together is something that the author doesn t bother to explain, but it turns out to be fortuitous when Mason is approached by a very wealthy This is the twentieth Perry Mason novel, about a quarter of the way through the series It s set in 1942, just as the U.S has entered the Second World War, and as always, reflects the standards and the attitudes of its time.As the book opens, Perry and his secretary are away from the office on vacation in Palm Springs Why Perry and Della are vacationing together is something that the author doesn t bother to explain, but it turns out to be fortuitous when Mason is approached by a very wealthy local man, named Witherspoon, who has a strange request Witherspoon s daughter has fallen in love with a young, penniless college student named Marvin, who will soon be going off to fight in the war Marvin and the daughter believe that he was kidnapped as a baby and was raised by the woman he thought was his mother, until she died making a deathbed confession about the kidnapping However Witherspoon has conducted an investigation and knows that the story was false The boy s father was hanged for murder years earlier and the mother made up the lie to spare the boy the embarrassment of knowing that he was the son of a convicted killer.Witherspoon is determined to protect his family s good name at all cost and is determined that his daughter will not marry the son of a man rightfully convicted of murder He has a copy of the trial transcript and wants Mason to review it If Mason can convince Witherspoon that the man was wrongly convicted, Witherspoon will say nothing and will allow his daughter to marry Marvin But if there s even a breath of suspicion left, Witherspoon will expose the secret and forbid the marriage.Mason thus faces several seemingly impossible tasks, the most important of which is saving the young lovers from the stupidity and narrow mindedness of the girl s father It won t be easy More people are going to die, a poor little duck is going to be put in mortal danger, and in the end, only Perry Mason could sort out all the complex strands of this mystery.All in all, it s a fairly typical Mason story, save for the fact that it does not take place in L.A Perry will not see all that much time in court, but will ultimately wind up in a judge s chamber trying to explain all the evidence in a way that won t leave the judge and the readers shaking their heads in dismay A fun read

  3. says:

    I picked this up as a Kindle ebook andhas a number of Erle Stanley Gardner books available I loved the old TV series with Raymond Burr and the slightly newer ones featuring a much older Raymon Burr I like that the ebook format is allowing us to revisit a lot of older authors I am sometimes disappointed as I was with Leslie Charteris Enter the Saint Often these older novels just don t stand the test of time but that isn t the case here Yes, the world has changed since the time this I picked this up as a Kindle ebook andhas a number of Erle Stanley Gardner books available I loved the old TV series with Raymond Burr and the slightly newer ones featuring a much older Raymon Burr I like that the ebook format is allowing us to revisit a lot of older authors I am sometimes disappointed as I was with Leslie Charteris Enter the Saint Often these older novels just don t stand the test of time but that isn t the case here Yes, the world has changed since the time this novel was written but it offers us a look into the way people loved before cell phones and the internet And yes, these are even better than the TV series It is hard for me to get the picture of Raymond Burr out of my mind but Perry isn t Raymond so do yourself a favor and meet the real Perry Mason

  4. says:

    I used to watch Perry Mason on TV, both the old and new series I enjoyed those programs so when I saw one of the books by Erle Stanley Gardner that were the source of the TV shows at a used bookstore, I decided to read it I see that Gardner wrote over 80 Perry Mason books between 1933 and 1973 I have no plans to read them all but I did enjoy this story and so plan to read at least a coupleI may see if I can find the first and the last in the series The one I have just finished was qu I used to watch Perry Mason on TV, both the old and new series I enjoyed those programs so when I saw one of the books by Erle Stanley Gardner that were the source of the TV shows at a used bookstore, I decided to read it I see that Gardner wrote over 80 Perry Mason books between 1933 and 1973 I have no plans to read them all but I did enjoy this story and so plan to read at least a coupleI may see if I can find the first and the last in the series The one I have just finished was quite well written and kept the reader guessing until the very end about who really committed the crime

  5. says:

    I got confused with this one, the plotline was a good one but the ending and the reveal was poor.

  6. says:

    I picked up a bunch of old Perry Mason mysteries and thought I d try one I fondly remember reading several when I was a kid and they hold up well There are the usual archaic references to contemporary technology, and one very jarring reference to a Red River Valley in California where there were large cotton farms That was a bit ungeographical Not to mention the constant cigarette smoking It was just a given that everyone smoked And women were to be good looking and useful.Nevertheless, i I picked up a bunch of old Perry Mason mysteries and thought I d try one I fondly remember reading several when I was a kid and they hold up well There are the usual archaic references to contemporary technology, and one very jarring reference to a Red River Valley in California where there were large cotton farms That was a bit ungeographical Not to mention the constant cigarette smoking It was just a given that everyone smoked And women were to be good looking and useful.Nevertheless, interesting plot lines A wealthy blue blood, John Witherspoon approaches Mason and asks him to look into the background of his daughter s fiance, Marvin Adams Supposedly, Marvin had been kidnapped as a child and brought up by the kidnappers Withersppon had hired detectives who contrarily learned the boy s father had been convicted of murder and Witherspoon, overly genetically inclined, is sure those evil traits might have been passed down from father to son He wants Mason to read the trial transcript, see if the conviction was representative of the truth, and if so he will devise a test involving murder that will show Marvin s true colors And the key to it all is a drowning duck.True to the formula this is not a negative, Mason arrogantly bends the law, manipulates the evidence, pulls rabbits out of his hat, even switches ducks It s hardly a spoiler to reveal that he again gets his client always innocent off and reveals the identity of the killer in court.Not as sophisticated as many of the currently published legal thrillers, there is still an undercurrent of criticism of the legal system that surprised me

  7. says:

    This was a quick and intriguing read I ve only read a few books in the Erle Stanley Gardner It was an interesting story and although it was written almost 70 years ago, it seems almost timeless I thought the description of detergent was very funny, however, considering the advances of technology in our cleaning materials Overall it was a very entertaining story and was perfect for a long flight home interesting quoteEvery man who has lived enough to bethan a stuffed shirt, has a c This was a quick and intriguing read I ve only read a few books in the Erle Stanley Gardner It was an interesting story and although it was written almost 70 years ago, it seems almost timeless I thought the description of detergent was very funny, however, considering the advances of technology in our cleaning materials Overall it was a very entertaining story and was perfect for a long flight home interesting quoteEvery man who has lived enough to bethan a stuffed shirt, has a closed chapter in his life If he hasn t, he isn t a manp 1The absolute silence of the desert descended upon them, stilled the desire for conversation, left them calmly contented, souls purified by a vast tranquilityp 16 new words quirt, tyro, ferrule, cuspidor

  8. says:

    Ah, I needed this one From the Palm Springs start in 1942 the same year my mom graduated from Palm Springs High to the shenanigans in El Templo hi, El Centro , this was a wonderfully nostalgic read for me The characters were great, the mystery was a mystery right up to the grand unveiling, and Della Street continues to be a Boss And on another note, town names in the Perry Mason books continue to befuddle me Palm Springs is Palm Springs, but El Centro is El Templo Like Santa Monica i Ah, I needed this one From the Palm Springs start in 1942 the same year my mom graduated from Palm Springs High to the shenanigans in El Templo hi, El Centro , this was a wonderfully nostalgic read for me The characters were great, the mystery was a mystery right up to the grand unveiling, and Della Street continues to be a Boss And on another note, town names in the Perry Mason books continue to befuddle me Palm Springs is Palm Springs, but El Centro is El Templo Like Santa Monica is Bay City Why do some get name changes but not others

  9. says:

    Just another atypical typical Perry Mason story Courtroom hysterics,suspects than you can shake a duck at, and a duck that sinks.It is interesting to read a book, set in the present at the time of its writing that is instructive of new developments that we take for granted today Detergents were something relatively new at the time, and not referred to in the same fashion as we would consider them today.And there was a drowning duck.sort of.

  10. says:

    This one is fun,complicated than many of the Perry Mason predecessors but also with a touch of humor For instance, Perry finds observing a ocurt case in which he is not the attorney is a trying experience And the drowning duck motif is amusing, and taught me that detergents were invented in the early 1940 s Who knew There are the usual problems all the women are sexy and attractive, for instance, even when they are not in their twenties,and Della and Perry may or may not have a rom This one is fun,complicated than many of the Perry Mason predecessors but also with a touch of humor For instance, Perry finds observing a ocurt case in which he is not the attorney is a trying experience And the drowning duck motif is amusing, and taught me that detergents were invented in the early 1940 s Who knew There are the usual problems all the women are sexy and attractive, for instance, even when they are not in their twenties,and Della and Perry may or may not have a romantic relationship They ride horses together, spend the night in a romantic inn and so forth Unfortunately, the ending did not work for me The plot is a bit byzantine, and its solution comesor less out of thin air and is a bit taxing on one s credibility.Still, fun, as I said above

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