• Title: Murder Up My Sleeve
  • Author: Erle Stanley Gardner
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 146
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    One Reply to “Murder Up My Sleeve”

    1. It just did not measure up to ESG/SAM's standards with Perry Mason/Cool & Lam. The inherent racism was throughout & exacerbated by an afterword by ESG that echoed an unspoken Orientalism. I had nothing else to read or else I may have set it aside. Next!

    2. #1 in the Terry Clane series. 1937 novel suffers from overplotting and casual racism. Even the intelligent police inspector Malloy refers to Clane's houseboy as "the Chink".Terry Clane is questioned by the San Francisco D.A. about his evening with Alma Renton. The questioning evolves into queries about Alma's artistic ability, a handkerchief with a monogrammed R, Clanes's background in Chinese culture and philosophy, sleeve guns, and a shady character named Jacob Mandra. It turns out that Mandra [...]

    3. I re-read this after reading the sequel, as I haven't read this one in several years.On the whole, I quite liked it. It was one of Gardner's old fashioned pulp tales about a guy with a unique talent getting others out of trouble despite the best efforts of the police department.In this case, I can see why the series, only lasted two books. the set-up and characters don't really lend themselves to any sequels. The spoiled heiress artist can only be framed for murder a limited number of times with [...]

    4. Stylistically different from the Perry Mason stories and the Donald Lam/Bertha Cool mysteries. Clane is a student of Chinese thought and is much more of an enigma. Nice, tight plot, and a great glimpse of early mid twentieth century San Francisco.

    5. An average uncomplicated detective of the interwar era. I was a bit off-put by the excessive degree of romantic interest plot device usage and the strangely-restrained behaviour of the police.

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