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From the world-famous creator of "Perry Mason," Erle Stanley Gardner - at his death the best-selling American writer of all time - comes another baffling case for the Cool & Lam detective agency: TURN ON THE HEAT. Return to the sizzling 1940s as Bertha Cool and Donald Lam investigate a missing woman, a desperate husband, a politician with a past, and a femme fatale with a future...assuming she doesn't go to jail for murder! Featuring brand new cover art that is a posthumous collaboration between Laurel Blechman and the legendary Robert Maguire - the first new Maguire cover in decades!
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If you want a glimpse into what fiction used to be, and may be again, look no further than TURN ON THE HEAT. It is a gem.--BookReporter
Erle Stanley Gardner's Cool and Lam are fun to read about, and Turn on the Heat has them in fine form --Bill Crider
This one is a lot of fun. Recommended. --AtomicJunkShop
A must for Gardner fans - if for no other reason than to demonstrate the breadth of Gardner's inventive skills when he wasn't busy with his better known lawyer/investigator.
For those a little less passionate about Perry Mason, the Cool and Lam mysteries are a wonderful example of the kinds if mysteries that helped define the genre during its formative years.
"Gardner's writing encapsulates what's best about the '40s and puts it to the page" - Criminal Element
"It's exciting stuff to find one of the best reads of the year is a reprint of a book that is 77 years old and hasn't been in print for 50 years. Run, don't walk, to your nearest book store for one of the year's best retro reads." - Borg.com
"The novel's rapid-fire banter makes what is already a highly entertaining story a real gem." - Seattle Book Review 4-star
"a welcome addition to my bookcase." -John Koenig - Stuff I Like