After exhausting my Nancy Drew supply, I discovered a book series by Erle Stanley Gardner. From a dust jacket: “Who stuck the carving knife into John Millicant’s back and who, really, was the resulting corpse?” Wow. Titles like The Case of the Borrowed Brunette sounded R-rated and thus irresistible to my fifth grade brain. The main character, Perry Mason, was a brilliant, enigmatic attorney and in eighty novels, never lost a case. Not one! I fell hard, deep down in the Perry Mason well. Obsessed? Don’t get me started on Hamilton Burger.
Ann Lewis Hamilton is a writer living in California.
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