Re: RARA-AVIS: Top of the Heap, by ESG

From: Gratefulbear (
Date: 18 Jan 2005

I've read 3 of the Cool & Lam novels, and in all of them Bertha Cool plays a secondary role -- she looks after the business end of the private eye practice (and bitches about it), and Donald does most of the actual work. There's a list of the 30 Cool & Lam novels at


----- Original Message -----
  From: William Denton
  Sent: Tuesday, January 18, 2005 4:45 PM
  Subject: RARA-AVIS: Top of the Heap, by ESG

  I read TOP OF THE HEAP by Erle Stanley Gardner (1952, as A.A. Fair) and it
  was fine stuff! This is the first Gardner book I can be sure I've
  finished--I think I started some Perry Masons when I was a lad, but I
  don't remember getting to the end. After this, however, and the
  recommendations I've seen for the Bertha Cool/Donald Lam books (such as
  this) and the Perry Masons, I'll try more. I think people have said that
  Perry's sort of hardboiled in the early books.

  Does Bertha Cool play more of a role in the other books than in this one?
  Here she's around at the start and the finish, but mostly it's Lam on his

  William Denton : Toronto, Canada : : Caveat lector.

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