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The Case of the Queenly Contestant - SIGNED - Erle Stanley Gardner
1967 American hardcover first edition, 1st impression published by William Morrow in New York
Signed and warmly inscribed by th eauthor on the front free endpaper
A VG+ book in VG+ unclipped $3.95 dust jacket
Book has no other names or inscriptions etc, tight, square and clean
The dustwrapper shows very small chip to rear panel and light shelf rubs to black colouring
A Perry Mason mystery

A very attractive and elaborate looking signature, uncommon and a bargain
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The Case of the Phantom Fortune - SIGNED - Erle Stanley Gardner
1964 US hardback first edition, first impression, published by Morrow in New York
Lavishly signed and inscribed by the author on the endpaper (the next owner can decipher it!)
A VG++ book in $3.50 unclipped dust jacket
Book is clean and tidy, tight and square
The dustwrapper has no real loss, just light rubs to extremities
A nice copy overall

An uncommon signature, rarely seen here in the UK
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The DA Holds a Candle - Erle Stanley Gardner
1938 American hardcover first edition, 1st impression, Morrow, New York
A VG++ book in VG++ unclipped dust jacket
Book has no names or inscriptions etc
The dustwrapper shows no loss or tears, clean and bright
Attractive jacket artwork

A particularly nice copy and offered well below market value
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The Case of the Baited Hook
1940 American hardcover stated first edition, 1st impression, Morrow, New York
A VG+ book in VG+ $2.00 unclipped dust jacket
Book has no names or inscriptions etc
The dustwrapper has minor wear to extremities, clean and bright
Attractive jacket artwork
A scarce book massively below retail value
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The D.A. Draws a Circle - Erle Stanley Gardner
1939 American hardcover first edition, first impression published by Morrow in New York
A VG++ book in VG+ $2.00 unclipped dust jacket
The book has unusually small neat owner bookplate hidden by front flap of jacket, no names or stamps
Tight, clean pages and cloth with square spine
The jacket has minor wear to extremities, nice clean and bright
A lovely copy priced well below retail value !
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The Case of the Glamorous Ghost - Erle Stanley Gardner
1960 English hardback first edition, first impression published by Heinemann in London
A VG+ book in unclipped dustwrapper
A solid tight book, no names etc
Jacket is clean and tidy, light shelf wear to tip and extremities
A nice solid copy and a bargain !
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The Case of the Backward Mule - Erle Stanley Gardner
1955 British hardcover first edition, 1st impression published by Heinemann in London
A VG++ book in unclipped dust jacket
No owner names or stamps, tight solid binding
The dustwrapper a bit of edge rubbing, couple of cosed tears but no real loss
Nice period jacket artwork

A solid example and a bargain !
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The Case of the Careless Kitten - Erle Stanley Gardner
1944 British hardcover first edition, 1st impression published by Cassell in London
A VG+ book in VG++ to near fine unclipped dust jacket
A solid book, light age to the wartime paper
The dustwrapper is particularly nice, clean and bright no loss, just the odd verry minor rub
Jacket artwork by Reginald Heade

Lovely copy
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The Case of the Beautiful Beggar - Erle Stanley Gardner
c1972 UK hardback Thriller Book Club edition published in London
A VG+ book sadly in unclipped dustwrapper
A really nice clean and solid book
The jacket has a bit of general wear
An uncommon later title and a solid reading copy
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The Case of the Borrowed Brunette - Erle Stanley Gardner
1952 UK hardback Thriller Book Club edition published in London
A VG+ book in unclipped dust jacket
A solid book, no names etc square spine
Jacket shows a bit of edge wear, clean and bright
A fabulous copy and a Perry Mason novel
An attractive period copy
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The Case of the Gold-Digger's Purse - Erle Stanley Gardner
1948 UK hardcover first edition, first impression published by Cassell in London
A VG++ book in VG++ unclipped dust jacket
The book has no names or stamps, tight clean and square
The jacket has no loss or tears, slightest rubs - stunning condition - very bright
It really is hard to realistically imagine a nicer copy
A rare book in jacket but in this condition . . . A really fabulous copy. Artwork by Reginald Heade
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The Case of the Half Wakened Wife - Erle Stanley Gardner
1949 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Cassell, London
A VG++ book in VG++ unclipped dustwrapper
Clean contents and cloth, no names etc
Jacket shows no loss or tears, very bright
A fabulous copy and a Perry Mason novel
A very scarce title with stunning Reginald Heade cover artwork
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The Case of the Drowsy Mosquito - Erle Stanley Gardner
1946 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Cassell, London
A VG+ book sadly in VG indeed unclipped dustwrapper
Clean contents and cloth, no names, inscriptions etc
The jacket shows shallow chips to spine and some wear and creasing to edges
A very scarce book in jacket and a Perry Mason novel
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Perry Mason Paperbacks - Softcover Books

The Case of the Rolling Bones
1960 UK Penguin paperback later edition published in London
The book is a reading copy, usual tan and some light wear
Owner name and pen mark to endpaper
A Perry Mason mystery
A solid copy
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The Case of the Long Legged Models
1966 UK Pan paperback 1st edition published in London
A nice clean copy
Book shows no names,inscriptions, tightly bound and square,
Straight spine, light paper tan

A nice clean copy, classic mystery author and a Perry Mason mystery
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The Case of the Black Eyed Blonde - Erle Stanley Gardner
1952 UK 1st Penguin paperback edition published in London
A reading copy only
Some age tanning and some light edge wear
The stunning Diana Regis has a black eye, she is found dead wearing little else but a fur coat !

A readers book only but still solid
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Erle Stanley Gardner as A.A. Fair - Bats Fly at Dusk
1967 UK paperback later edition published by Four Square in London
A solid clean and tidy book
Bit of tanning as ever but a decent copy
Bertha Cool and Donald Lam !

An uncommon title
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The Case of the Velvet Claws - Erle Stanley Gardner
1967 UK paperback later edition published by Sphere in London
A solid book still tidy
A little wear to edges
A Perry Mason investigates blackmail and murder in which even PM himself falls under suspicion of being the killer !

A nice reading copy and an uncommon title
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The Case of the Moth Eaten Mink
1967 UK Pan paperback first edition, London
A VG+ book in nice condition, number to cover
Tight and square still clean and bright
Perry Mason and a gun found via a pawn ticket, a petrified woman and a mysterious client !

A nice copy
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The Case of the One-Eyed Witness - Erle Stanley Gardner
1966 UK Pan paperback later edition, London
A superior copy, particularly clean
Much nicer than normally seen
PM gets a garbled emergency call from the Golden Goose Night Club and a mystery female client

A bright book
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The Case of the Bigamous Spouse Written By ES Gardner
1963 USA Pocket Book stated first paperback edition, New York
A solid reading copy, pen mark to front cover
Slight lean to spine
A woman nervously smoothes her skirt and says "I'm afraid I'm going to be mixed up in a murder"

A decent copy
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This is Murder - By Erle Stanley Gardner
1955 USA Pocket Book paperback later edition, New York
A solid period copy with tight binding and square spine
A few light surface creases
Kidnapping and a blomde bombshel by the name of Ann Hartwell provide all the usual ingredients

A nice copy and uncommon
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The Case of the Reluctant Model - Erle Stanley Gardner
1967 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Heinemann, London
A near fine book in near fine unclipped dustwrapper
Clean contents and cloth, no names etc
Jacket shows no loss or tears
A nice copy of a Perry Mason mystery
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The Case of the Perjured Parrot
1966 USA Pocket Book paperback later edition, New York
A bright example
A sound book, clean covers etc, number to front cover
The parrot found by the body mysteriously turns out not to be the parrot owned by the corpse !

A solid book
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Pass the Gravy ~ Writing as AA Fair
1964 USA Pocket Book paperback later edition published in New York
A nice brigh copy which defies its age
Book shows no names,inscriptions
Bright covers

A Donald Lam mystery written under Gardner's pseudonym
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Gold Comes in Bricks by A.A. Fair aka Erle Stanley Gardner
1964 UK Corgi paperback later edition published in London
A readers copy, light tan bit of edge wear
Couple of marks to cover but solid binding
Donald Lam private investigator ends up coaching a millionaire

A solid book and an uncommon title
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The Case of the Demure Defendant
1964 UK Pan paperback 1st edition, London
A tidy book, usual age tan
Clean tidy wrappers, number to front cover
Is a woman's confession to murder under a truth drug admissable in court ?

A nice clean copy, a Perry Mason mystery
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Lam to the Slaughter ~ AA Fair
1966 English Corgi paperback edition, London
A decent example, usual paper tan
Overall a clean solid copy
A cheating husband, the Cool Detective Agency and Donald Lam soon find out the case is not so simple !
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The D.A. Cooks a Goose
1963 British paperback edition,World Distributers in London
A nice copy with effective period cover artwork
A nicer copy than normally seen

A tragic road fatality soon proves to be rather more complex
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The case of the Restless Redhead - Erle Stanley Gardner
1966 English Pan paperback later edition, London
A nicer copy than usually encountered
Clean covers and tidy contents
Overall a nice copy

She had a fabulous figure and red hair but plenty of bad luck !
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The D.A. Draws a Circle
1961 British Penguin paperback first edition, London
A good only copy with tight contents
Usual paper tanning, lean to spine, small burn mark to rear cover
Overall a reading copy
A dubious lawyer takes up residence in Madison County
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Two Clues
1964 English Penguin paperback first edition, London
A VG indeed copy with tight contents
Clean and bright
Overall a nice copy
A Bill Eldon mystery
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The Case of the Cautious Coquette
1949 American book club edition in association with Morrow
A VG book in good dust jacket
A solid reading copy with very attractive period artwork
Same genral format as the true American 1st
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The Case of the Green Eyed Sister
1962 UK paperback first Pan edition, London
A VG book with clean contents and covers
Minor rubbing to edges, neat number to front cover
A cold woman, blackmail and conspiracy, all in a days work for PM
A nice clean copy
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The Case of the Angry Mourner
1963 UK Pan paperback later edition, London
A VG book tidy wrappers and pages
Book shows no names,inscriptions, but a number to front cover
Two women who were with a playboy just before he was murdered act so suspiciously that they begin to suspect each other!
Lovely cover design
A nice period copy
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The Case of the Foot Loose Doll
1966 UK paperback first Pan edition, London
A VG book with clean contents and covers
Minor rubbing to edges, neat number to front cover
A girl fleeing from a scandal accepts a lift in a car and then suicidily forces the car to crash
A bright copy
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The Case of the Backward Mule
1966 UK Pan paperback later edition, London
A VG book tidy wrappers and contents
Book has no names etc
A man tries to beat the lie detector using ancient Chinese principals of concentration, and does well until somethings blows the whole thing!
A nice clean copy
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The DA Cooks a Goose
1943 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Cassell, London
A VG indeed book sadly without dust wrapper
Clean contents and cloth
A nice clean copy
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The Case of the Lucky Loser
1965 UK Pan paperback first edition, London
A VG book tidy wrappers and contents
Book shows no names etc but a number to front cover
PM is hired by a rich and attractive woman to look into a case were the corpse died twice!
A nice clean copy
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The Case of the Musical Cow
1960 UK paperback first Pan edition, London
A solid book with clean wrappers, light paper tan as ever
A little wear to spine end
He didn't know what trouble was until he et the lovely Linda Carroll
A nice clean copy
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The Case of the Stuttering Bishop
1955 UK Penguin paperback later edition, London
A solid tidy copy showing only slight signs of age
Book shows no names,inscriptions, slight lean to spine, usual tanning
Classic Perry Mason
A solid tidy reading copy
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The D.A. Breaks an Egg
1959 UK paperback first Pan edition, London
A VG book with clean contents and covers
Minor rubbing to extremities
A beautiful redhead, a powerful newspaper magnate and a dodgy lawyer, all the usual ingredients
A nice clean copy
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The Case of the Long-legged Models
1966 UK Pan paperback first edition, London
A VG+ book in very nice condition
Tight and square still clean and bright
Perry Mason and one of the author's most elaborate gun switching plots
A particularly nice copy
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The D.A. Calls a Turn - Erle Stanley Gardner
1954 UK Penguin paperback first edition, London
A good + book with solid contents and covers
Minor wear to edges, neat owner name inside
SHERIFF BRANDON receives a phone call from a drunk, asking to be picked up. He arrives in time to witness a bad motor accident and the drunken driver killed

A solid readers copy
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The Case of the Curious Bride
1963 UK Penguin paperback later edition, London
A near VG book tidy covers, usual light tan
Book has no names etc
This is another story of lawyer-detective Perry Mason. An attractive young woman calls at his office to inquire if a friend can marry again without getting a divorce.

A solid reading copy
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The Case of the Nervous Accomplice - By Erle Stanley Gardner
1963 UK Pan paperback first edition published in London
A solid period copy with great covr artwork
Clean contents and cloth, loss to spine bottom
female, seductive, and very much alive. Sybil Harlan was convinced that it was taking her husband right from under her eyes. That's why she hired Perry Mason — I. But another body, male and dead, quickly changed her plans . . . and set the brilliant lawyer-investigator one cf the most tantalizing of all his court-room cases

A decent period reading copy
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The Case of the Phantom Fortune
1974 UK Pan paperback first edition published in London
A solid reading copy
A bit of tanning, a few light marks and light edge rubbing, still solid and tight
We have various ways of dealing with blacmmailers said Perry Mason !

A solid reading copy
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The Case of the Howling Dog - Erle Stanley Gardner
1952 UK paperback later edition published by Guild Books in London
A solid book with clean wrappers, clean tidy pages
A little wear to spine ends and edges
A Perry Mason mystery

A nice vintage copy with great cover artwork
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The DA Breaks a Seal by Erle Stanley Gardner
1964 UK Penguin paperback later edition, London
A solid reading copy, pen mark to front cover
Still tight and tidy
Somebody gets their coffee sweetened with hydrocyanic acid - Major Doug Selby ex District Attorney for Madison City investigates

A solid tidy reading copy
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The Case of the Smoking Chimney
1963 UK paperback first Penguin edition, London
A reading copy only with some staining to inside covers
Usual age tanning
Gramps Wiggins, the part-time sleuth, looks into another mystery

A bargain reading copy
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The Case of the Lame Canary
1966 USA paperback Pocket Books later edition
A solid period copy
Still nice tight and tidy
Perry Mason investigates what starts out as a divorce case and ends up a murder case !

A solid copy
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Brief Biography
GARDNER, Erle Stanley. Also wrote as A. A. Fair; Carleton Kendrake; Charles J. Kenny. American. Born in Maiden, Massachusetts, 17 July 1889. Educated at Palo Alto High School, California, graduated 1909; Valparaiso University, Indiana, 1909; studied in law offices and admitted to the California Bar, 1911. Married 1) Natalie Talbert in 1912 (separated, 1935; died, 1968), one daughter; 2) Agnes Jean Bethell in 1968. Lawyer, Oxnard, California, 1911-18; salesman. Consolidated Sales Company. 1918-21; Lawyer, Ventura, California, 1921-33. Contributed hundreds of stories, often under pseudonyms, to magazines, 1923-32; self-employed writer after 1933. Founder and member of the Court of Last Resort (now the Case Review Committee), 1948-60; frequent reporter on criminal trials; Founder of Paisano Productions, 1957. Honorary Life Member, American Polygraph Association. Recipient: Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Award. 1952; Grand Master Award, 1961. Honorary alumnus: Kansas City University, 1955; D.L.: McGeorge College of Law, Sacramento, California, 1956. Died 11 March 1970.

Erle Stanley Gardner - The Characters
Perry Mason
America's most famous criminal attorney, Perry Mason, was born in 1891. Though it is not possible to establish the exact place of birth, there is considerable evidence pointing to Fayette County, Pennsylvania. We know little of Mason's early career in Los Angeles. Mason is thought of as the unbeaten and unbeatable attorney, and this is generally borne out in his 85 cases. However, it should be noted that, in "The Case of the Terrified Typist," Mason hears the jury find his client guilty. There is also conflicting evidence regarding his record in other, unrecorded, cases. In 1933, as an example, Delia Street, his secretary, is quoted as saying to him, "Some of your clients got hung; others got free." Later that year, during another case, Mason takes pains to contradict the impression which might have resulted from Delia's remark, saying, "1 haven't had a client hung so far." In any case, Perry Mason has had great success and has established a lucrative law practice (he has collected a minimum of $600,000). Early in his career, Mason gave the impression that his practice was almost entirely criminal. However, he later admits that his office carries on a general practice. Though Mason does not advertise the locationof his off ice, it can be found in Los Angeles, near 7th Street and Broadway. Mason is a big man with long legs, broad shoulders and a rugged face. He has thick, wavy hair, an unlined face and he speaks in a well-modulated voice. He has little or no time for sports or exercise, yet he seems to be in good condition and acquits himself well in a fight. Perry Mason has never married, though there has been endless speculation regarding the degree of his intimacy with Delia Street. He lives alone at a residential hotel. Not only has Mason's name become a synonym for the skillful courtroom strategist but he, his secretary, Delia Street, his investigator, Paul Drake, and his adversaries, Hamilton Burger and Lieutenant Tragg, have become part of the common consciousness of millions. The earliest Mason novels (1933-36) were masterpieces of hardboiled pulp realism combined with staggeringly complex plotting. About 1937, under the influence of the slick magazines, the Mason tales became smoother, had more "love interest," but were as complex and fast-paced as ever. Serializations in the "Saturday Evening Post," a hugely popular Mason radio show during the 1940's and a television series begun in the late 195Q's, added millions to the fans of the courtroom wizard. No Mason novel has ever gone out of print in this country.

The DA
In a close vote, Doug Selby was elected District Attorney of Madison County, California, in 1936. The voters liked the handsome young man with curly hair, a devil-may-care look in his penetrating eyes, and a forceful mouth. He entered politics to reduce local corruption. Though his job is prosecuting criminals, Selby is equally interested in solving mysteries and identifying murderers. His job is a natural extension of his hobby, reading mystery stories.

Terry Clane
Formerly a lawyer in California and a member of the U.S. Diplomatic Service, suave adventurer Terry Clane gave up a promising career to undertake studies of culture and "concentration" in a Chinese monastery. His motives may not have been entirely scholarly, however, since he was probably.after gold and gems hidden in the monastery. Unsuccessful, he returned to the United States, where he continued his involvement in crime and adventure, usually on the right side of the law. He is 29, is 5' 11", 185 pounds, with dark, wavy hair, blue eyes and a smooth complexion.

Sheriff Bill Eldon
The genial, aging sheriff of Southern California's Rockville County, Bill Eldon is a shrewd, cautious man who is unpopular with local political leaders. They consider his methods dated, though even they admit he gets results. With the experience of hunting game animals and criminals for many years, the heavy-set sheriff has the ability to move with silent cat-like agility.

Lester Leith
Lester Leith is one of Perry Mason's blood (or ink) brothers in the legal profession and one of the great con men on the American scene. It was once estimated that he "earned" 7V4 million dollars during his career and donated it to charity - except for the 20% he kept for what he considered reasonable expenses. Most of his money was secured from baser crooks, whom he ultimately turned over to the police. Nonetheless, Leith's nemesis, police Sergeant Ackley, never stopped trying to incriminate him. Ackley placed a police undercover man as Leith's valet

Gramp Wiggins
The granddaughter of 70-year-old GrampWiggins is married to Frank Duryea, District Attorney of Santa Delbarro County, California. Foxy Grandpa has no fixed address, lives in a trailer and travels throughout the United States and Mexico. He has more pride in his housekeeping abilities than in his crime-solving talent; his trailer is always spic and span, he mixes a powerful martini and is a superb cook. Although generally on the side of law and order, Gramp is not averse to bringing illegal liquor and sugar into the United States on his return from Mexico.

Sidney Zoom
"I live life as I see it" is the philosophy of Sidney Zoom, a detective who cares little for the opinion of others. He is a tall, lean, hawk-eyed investigator, given to prowling the streets at night. He is particularly fond of rainy nights as, with his police dog, Rip, he seeks adventure and oddities of human behavior. The detective business is not an economic necessity for Zoom, who lives on a palatial yacht. He carries a special badge and commission given him by the Chief of Police, allowing him access where private citizens were forbidden entry.

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