Spill the Jackpot

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  • Title: Spill the Jackpot
  • Author: A.A. Fair
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 451
  • Format: Paperback
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    About "A.A. Fair"

    1. A.A. Fair

      A.A Fair is a pseudonym of Erle Stanley Gardner.


    1. The fourth novel to feature Los Angeles P.I. Donald Lam and his boss, Bertha Cool, takes place in 1941. Donald has just picked up Bertha from a sanitarium in San Francisco where she has been treated for various ailments. In the process, she has shed over a hundred pounds and is down to a hundred and sixty. The doctor has stressed to both Bertha and Donald that it is essential that she keep off the weight that she has lost, but Bertha, Donald and anyone who reads this series all know what the cha [...]

    2. Amnesia? Really? Did they fall for that crap in 1941. Love Lam, and Bertha, and Louie was fun. Gardner's a good plotter but sometimes his endings leave me kind of wait! what? and I feel like I should go back and make a check list to see if everything really adds up. The Cool & Lam books are a treat because unlike Perry Mason I don't get a third or half way through the book and suddenly remember the TV episode based on it. These are fresh, despite the age, and Lam's superb alternative to the [...]

    3. I first read this book when I was a schoolboy and a lot of the details have stuck with me. Stuff about slot machines and the tricks crooks would use to cheat them. Of course a lot of things have changed since this book was published in 1941. Not just slot machines.It's a crackling joy to read a story like this. A private detective gets hired. Of course the client doesn't tell the detective the whole truth about the case. If it was the kind of situation the client could tell the whole truth about [...]

    4. Nevada in the early forties; the mechanics of slot machines and divorce; the speed of cars (37 mph) and 'fried Spanish beans'. All in all a worthwhile picture of the times, a good plot, and unlike many detective novels the characters have distinctive personalities.

    5. Well, this is the fifth Cool & Lam mystery I've read, and it might be my favorite. Erle Stanley Gardner (writing here as "A.A. Fair") seems to really be enjoying himself at this point in the series. As always I will say: if you can find one of these Cool & Lam stories (many are out of print, and this one is no exception) you will surely have a good time reading it.

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