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Erle Stanley Gardner

The Case of the Baited Hook

Cassell 1940

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Erle Stanley Gardner

THEY had gone to a lot of trouble. They had Mason's ' private number, woke him up and persuaded him to meet them at his office in the middle of the night. There he found a man and a girl; a man who knew exactly what he wanted but wouldn't explain; a girl who wore a man's overcoat, a mask—and wouldn't speak. It was the girl who kept the other half of the ten-thousand dollar note, When and if they needed Perry Mason he would get her half. Not until then wouid he know who his client was. Perry suspected that he was being made use of, but he was too interested to get out of it; it wasn't the bait that attracted him, but the Job. The next morning he felt the hook. It was murder, a murder obviously linked to his mysterious visitors. And the barb on the hook was the fact that Mason couldn't discover who his client was or what he was supposed to do. This is a racy Gardner story full of action, suspense and excitement, and it has one of the most original plots this ingenious author has ever evolved.

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