“In a thrilling 1950s tale from one of the most successful mystery writers of all time, detective duo Bertha Cool and Donald Lam investigate the theft of two precious jade idols and the baffling murder of their millionaire client, found dead from a poisoned dart in a double-locked room.
The Count of 9, first published in 1958, is the 18th entry in the long-running Cool & Lam mystery series by prolific American writer Erle Stanley Gardner who died in 1970. Gardner, creator of the world-famous crime-solving attorney Perry Mason, wrote 30 adventures, using the pseudonym of A.A. Fair, featuring the clever, cocky, pint-sized private eye Donald Lam and his greedy, unscrupulous partner Bertha Cool.
This latest edition, wrapped in a fine new cover by legendary paperback and movie poster illustrator Robert McGinnis, marks its first reprint in half a century.”
Nicholas Litchfield’s review of Erle Stanley Gardner’s fast-moving Cool & Lam mystery The Count of 9 is featured today in the Lancashire Post and syndicated to 20 newspapers in the UK. You can read the review here.