A woman visits lawyer Perry Mason using the name Eva Griffin and asking for help because Spicy Bits, a scandal sheet known to be a conduit for blackmail is trying to shake her down. Perry follows the trail of Spicy Bits to its secret owner, a man considered to be a respectable member of society. Back at his office, Perry interrogates Mrs.
The postwar years brought to fruition the two subgenres that would dominate crime fiction for several generations in the British puzzle and the American hardboiled traditions. The British puzzle was not invented by Agatha Christie and her fellow Queens of Crime, although they brought it to full fruition.
This closed universe was not always the English country mansion, although it could be.
Any small community or closed world would do, and the Queens became quite ingenious at exploiting new ones -- hospitals, convents, nursing homes, colleges and universities, airplanes, dental offices, theatrical companies, family publishing firms, art galleries, libraries. While the Queens occasionally descended into the underworld, their professional criminals tended to be either evil geniuses out for world domination in the Moriarity tradition, or semi-comic characters hardly very menacing.
Most murderers were bent in one way or another -- hence their susceptibility to blackmail -- but most were not professional hardened criminals or gangsters. They were well-respected members of the well-educated upper middle classes who killed mainly to avoid exposure as wrongdoers.
The Queens never employed hired assassins. Most murderers in British puzzles would have been thoroughly appalled at the thought of being associated with the criminal underworld. The Queens did characters from various social classes, but both murderers and victims came resolutedly from the educated elite.
Sleuths could be male or female and for the most part were not very courageous or adventurous. Apart from the murders, there was little violence. The narrative line was highly literate, echoing with BBC received English, certainly spoken by almost all the detectives, even when they were occasionally given non-English backgrounds.
For the Queens of Crime, murder intruded into a superficially placid and well-ordered universe which seethed with tension and passion beneath the surface.
The solving of the crime at the end of the book presumably returned the world to its state of order and tranquillity. In the interwar period, the hardboiled tradition revolved almost exclusively around the private detective, who represented both mythic and actual roots in American development.
The Pinkerton Agency had originated just before the Civil War. During that war it had served as a private intelligence service for the American government.
In the later 19th and early 20th century it had become basically a security agency for Big Business, supplying strikebreakers and infiltrating labour unions suspected of radical and anarchistic tendencies.
Pinkertons also attempted to break up many of the early western gangs such as the James boys, and it was the Pinkertons who harried Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid to South America. The development of the hard-boiled tradition can be best associated with three names: Dashiel Hammett had been born in in Baltimore, Maryland, and for a number of years had worked as a Pinkerton detective in a variety of guises, ranging from security guard to hotel detective to skip chaser to bank investigator.
Ill with tuberculosis, he turned from detecting to writing and began publishing in Black Mask Magazine, where he honed his skills as a writer and exploited his experiences as a Pinkerton.
Nick Charles was a former private detective able to retire because of his marriage to wealthy Nora. Hammett was generally acknowledged by his peers to have injected vitality and verismo into the hardboiled novel, and his work translated well into Hollywood movies.
He collaborated on several films with William Faulkner.History Origins.
The first "pulp" was Frank Munsey's revamped Argosy Magazine of , with about , words ( pages) per issue, on pulp paper with untrimmed edges, and no illustrations, even on the cover.
The steam-powered printing press had been in widespread use for some time, enabling the boom in dime novels; prior to Munsey, however, no one had combined cheap printing, cheap paper.
Mar 07, · Mr. Hopper played Paul Drake, the detective friend of Perry Mason, in the televised series. In his role, Mr. Hopper often provided Mason, played by Ray mond Burr, with last‐minute in formation to clinch his court room cases. Erle Stanley Gardber's very first "Perry Mason" story, first printed in This was an interesting story and Perry Mason in the 30's was much more coarse than the sanitized TV version.
Gardner's Perry Mason stories are mysteries centered around a lawyer not a detective. Although this one is bereft of courtroom scenes, it has plenty of deductions and antics.
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