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THE CASE OF THE WORRIED WAITRESS / CUT THIN TO WIN
THE CASE OF THE WORRIED WAITRESS / CUT THIN TO WIN Author:Erle Stanley Gardner, A.A. Fair Two mystery books in one by Erle Stanley Gardner and using his pen name A.A. Fair: "The Case of the Worried Waitress" (A Perry Mason Mystery) and "Cut Thin to Win" (A Donald Lam - Bertha Cool Mystery). Published for the Detective Book Club by Walter J. Black, Inc. — From the book jackets - — "The Case of the Worried Waitress: — "One of the most puz... more »zling cases in Perry Mason's career leads to brilliant courtroom tactics and a stunning surprise ending....
"It was against the restaurant rule for a waitress to beleaguer customers for advice, but Katherine Ellis was not only young and beautiful, it was obvious that she was deeply worried...So when Perry Mason finished lunch, he left her a note: 'My usual fee for an office consultation is ten dollars. The tip under the plate is eleven dollars.' Then he said laughingly to Della that if the girl didn't turn up, the Bar Association would have grounds for accusing him of soliciting business! But turn up she did, and in no time at all, Perry discovered that Katherine Ellis had full cause for worry - in fact, she was in serious trouble indeed..."
"Cut Thin To Win":
"The man's name was Clayton Dawson. The Cool-Lam Agency was so well known he'd come from Denver for help on a highly confidential matter...After adjusting to the fact that 'Cool' was a woman (a 'Big Bertha' as it turned out) and 'Lam' looked like he couldn't hurt a fly (an outrageous deceit), Dawson shelled out a fat retainer and put his cards on the table. The question was: Were they from a marked deck?"« less