Criminal lawyer and all-time number-one mystery author Erle Stanley Gardner wrote close to 150 novels that have sold 300 million copies worldwide. His most popular books starred the incomparable attorney-sleuth Perry Mason.
In The Case of the Howling Dog, Arthur Cartwright, an anxious man, goes to Perry Mason to have his neighbor arrested for his vindictive and noisy dog. He is under the belief that his howling is an indication that somebody has been murdered in the neighborhood. He demands that his will be written bequeathing the estate to the lady living at the neighbor's house. However, the will is mysteriously altered by an unknown person, and Cartwright goes missing, along with the lady.
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What a Kick!
If you are a "middler" you may have watched the original TV series with Raymond Burr, as did I. Aesthetically, the blonde Paul Drake and dark Perry Mason, their matching IQs but differing though usually compatible approaches and personalities, balanced by the
smart and efficient, ahead-of-her-time, Della Street was very pleasing.
This radio show has different values, and may mimic those of the original E.S.Gardner
stories, as he wrote in the 30's. CRT has Perry much more aggressive, a high wire walker risk taker,more gruff and general-like, not as smooth and elegant as the TV series. Paul Drake is more assertive, but still willing to help Perry without subservience or compromising his independence, and the Della character seems a little weak to me,
but that may be how Mr. Gardener viewed women then - as servants.
Nevertheless, do not be fooled by the titles, the stories are full blown mysteries, and you
will be entertained to the end. As always CRT has excellent sound effects, excellent small part characters, and a good clip throughout.
They are a good bargain for the price and I will probably listen to more in their series!
- Lanna S. Seuret "Artist & Journeyman Composter"
Erle Stanley Gardner would be proud!!