Thu 28 Jul 2011
THE FRONT COVER:
THE INSIDE FRONT JACKET FLAP:
To Readers of Detective Stories:
One day last December our editorial and sales departments agreed that too many mystery stories are being published in America and decided to accept no more such novels for at least six months. The next day two manuscripts were received. They were both by the same author. They were both detective stories. They were both accepted at once for publication.
The Case of the Velvet Claws is one of those manuscripts. The second will be published in the fall. (*) And both sales and editorial departments claim the credit for being the first to prophecy that Erle Stanley Gardner will find a place immediately as one of the most popular authors of detective fiction.
We hope that after reading this book you will agree we were justified in changing our minds.
* The Case of the Sulky Girl.
Perry Mason, criminal lawyer, is retained by a much-too-beautiful woman who obviously is concealing more than she is telling. She has heard that Perry Mason not only a law unto himself, but that he never lets a client down. She has been indiscreet, and is involved in blackmail.
The case is immediately complicated by murder, and Perry Mason finds himself as busy keeping clear of the law himself as he is in saving his client. The action is swift, dramatic, convincing. The handling and solution of the case are well developed and logical — perhaps because the author is a practicing lawyer with a trained legal mind.
Mr. Gardner’s writing has a style and personality of its own. His characters are colorful and vital. The lawyer, Perry Mason, and his charming secretary, Della Street, we believe, will become famous characters to all detective story enthusiasts.
386 Fourth Avenue New York
THE INSIDE BACK JACKET FLAP: A detailed synopsis of –In Time for Murder, by R. A. J. Walling, a mystery novel also published by Morrow.
THE BACK COVER: A statement of the philosophy of the publisher relative to detective fiction, and a list of the titles they had recently published:
R. A. WALLING
Stroke of One
–In Time for Murder
CHARLES G. BOOTH
Those Seven Alibis
The Case of the April Fools
WALTER F. EBERHARDT
A Dagger in the Dark
ROGER DENBIE (upcoming)
Death on the Limited (April 1933)
COVER PRICE: $2.00.
NOTE: Thanks to Bill Pronzini and Mark Terry for the cover images used to provide the information above.