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  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: House of Stratus; New edition edition (24 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842320831
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842320839
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.4 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 645,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Erle Stanley Gardner was born in Massachusetts in 1889 and died in 1970. He was the master of American mystery fiction. Gardner was a civil rights lawyer before becoming an author and as a result his plots contain intricate, twisting plots. These are whodunits in the very best tradition. In a career that spanned five decades, Gardner wrote 146 books, 85 of which feature the famous lawyer Perry Mason. The fictional attorney became the basis of a popular TV series, achieving an enviable record for winning his cases. At the height of his popularity in the 1960s Gardner was selling an amazing average of 26,000 copies of his novels a day.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. A. Harris on 14 Jan 2001
Format: Paperback
Although this book had not been fully completed at the time of Erle Stanley Gardner's death, it doesn't seem to lack anything for that. It has a humourous setting, when the purchaser of a newly built property finds that the ex-wife of the property's previous owner has moved into half of the house claiming it as her own - and has strung a barbed-wire fence down the middle.
While the two protagonists manage to settle their differences, a murder is committed in their midst and they are the perfect suspects.
Great detective story, and the humour of the "divided" house is used to great effect. It was also great to see Mason getting his fingers burned slightly by Lt. Tragg.
Definitely ranks among the best of the Perry Mason mysteries - if you liked any of the others then this is sure to find you reading all the way to the end.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Yet another classic from the master of courtroom drama in true gardner tradition. Perry mason with his attractive secretary,Della Street and the legendary paul drake crack yet another murder mystery.
Perry mason's rhetoric to judge Goodwin with respect to the link between a criminal lawyer and a judge dealing in family causes is excellent.
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The unusual premise helps make this one of the best Perry Mason courtroom dramas 1 Sep 2008
By Charles Ashbacher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This case begins with one of the most bizarre premises of any of the books in the Perry Mason series. Vivian Carson is the soon to be ex-wife of Loring Carson. While married, they had purchased two adjacent lots. Later, Loring sold the lots to Morley Eden and a house was built that straddled both lots. In divorce court, it was determined that one of the lots was purchased with the assets of Vivian, so the judge ruled that one lot was hers and the other was Loring's.
In an attempt to get revenge, Vivian had a barbed wire fence strung along the property line, dividing the house and obtained a restraining order against Loring and Morley. Vivian then raised the temperature by sunbathing in a skimpy bikini and having parties where lingerie was modeled. Since Morley was living in his half of the house at the time, this created some interesting scenarios. Perry Mason was retained by Morley to pursue legal action against Loring for fraud and Mason had just begun to work on that case.
The complexity further increases when Loring is found dead, having been stabbed with a knife and the body discovered by Mason, Eden and a group of television reporters. This starts a twisted tale of deception, confusion and an attempt to frame Mason as complicit in the crime. Gardner holds the solution very tight, giving out few valid clues and a large number of potential ones that prove to be distracters. The likely scenario is revealed only at the very end when Mason and Tragg hold a private conversation.
This is one of the better Mason courtroom dramas, because it does not rely on the police being stupid. Although they make some mistakes and Gardner has them play the tough act, it is generally above board. Having Tragg come to Mason for help at the end is a more realistic tactic than having the police simply bull over everything.
The Story from the Missing Securities 13 Aug 2004
By Acute Observer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Case of the Fenced-In Woman

Morley Eden visits Perry Mason about his problem. A beautiful woman has run a barbed wire fence through the middle of his house! Morley Eden paid a contractor to build a house on a lot, but half the lot belonged to his wife, and now she has claimed her share. Chapter One explains how this happened. Perry visits Judge Goodwin to learn about his decision in this case. The Judge hopes to use this conflict against the contractor Loring Carson. Perry Mason visits Nadine Palmer to tell her about Morley Eden's suit against Loring Carson. Nadine was wrongly accused in Loring's divorce suit, and she will get unwanted publicity (Chapter Five). When the press conference is held inside Morley Eden's part of the house they find the dead body of Loring Carson. The reporters cluster around the body like sharks in a feeding frenzy.

Perry calls the police, then Paul Drake so he can trace Nadine Palmer. Vivian Carson arrives home and is shocked to hear of the murder on the other side of the house. Perry questions Morley about his whereabouts. Lt. Tragg questions Vivian about her activities, then searches around the house and pool. Perry catches a plane to Las Vegas to talk to the woman who knew Loring Carson. Genevieve explains the policies of gambling (Chapter Ten). [Good advice for everyone!] Perry finds Nadine and talks to her until someone official shows up.

In Chapter Eleven Perry finds a briefcase planted in his hotel room, and tries to neutralize it, then returns to the gambling tables. Perry finds that Genevieve just got back from Los Angeles. Then the police arrive to question Perry about a trip. The police don't believe his answers and advise him to leave. So Perry returns to Los Angeles. "The best defense to circumstantial evidence ... is the truth" (Chapter Twelve). Morley and Vivian will be charged with the murder of Loring.

The newspapers report on this case of sex, mystery, drama, missing money, and an unusual setting. The high point is when Nadine testifies to what she saw at Morley Eden's house on the day of the murder (Chapter Thirteen). The cross-examination of Nadine begins in Chapter Fifteen. Perry asks a question that results in Nadine's fingerprints being taken. Perry calls Lt. Tragg to testify about the briefcase found in Perry's room and the unknown fingerprints on it. In his closing argument Perry uses the facts to arrive at a different explanation from the prosecution's theory. Finding fingerprints of a person will not tell you when they were made. Perry asks the jury to compare the sets of fingerprints and decide for themselves. The jury returned with a not guilty verdict. Chapter Sixteen provides a conclusion to this mystery.

This story was published after Erle Stanley Gardner's death. Like other stories, it implicitly critiques the morals and lifestyles of middle-class entrepreneurs.
Divided House 18 Dec 2009
By Nash Black - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
THE FENCED-IN WOMAN is not one of Erle Stanley Gardner's best efforts, but it is a good read. Perry, Della, and Paul are up against a major problem as the clients will not tell Perry the truth. They have been indited for murder in a classic triangle problem where the death of the spouse will open roads for others.
The spouse was a louse, but some one is trying to frame Perry with removing the assets from the scene of the crime.
This is one where maybe the killer is known, but again maybe he isn't.
Nash Black, author of TRAVELERS.
Good book. 15 May 2014
By G. C. Levine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I am still to this day wondering why the author did not submit it. If it wasn't checked for spelling errors, then the author was better at things, then most of us.
One of the best Perry Mason books I've read 1 April 2013
By Longhorn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I've read most of the many PM books that Gardner wrote and this is one of the best one's I've read.
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