Top of the Heap

Top of the Heap

by Erle Stanley Gardner

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When the beautiful girlfriend of a notorious gangster vanishes, the last man to be seen with her needs an alibi – and fast.  Enter Donald Lam of the Cool & Lam detective agency.  Donald tracks down the two women with whom his client claims to have spent the night and the client declares the case closed.

But it’s not.  Something about his client’s story doesn’t add up, and Donald can’t resist the temptation to keep digging.  Before he knows it, he’s dug up connections to a mining scam, an illegal casino, and a double homicide – plus an opportunity for an enterprising private eye to make a small fortune, if he can just stay alive long enough to cash in on it!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857683168
Publisher: Titan
Publication date: 03/29/2011
Series: Cool and Lam Series , #3
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 229,067
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

One of the best-selling authors of all time, Erle Stanley Gardner’s greatest creations include crusading attorney Perry Mason (star of more than eighty novels, not to mention the long-running TV series and TV movies) and the hardboiled detective team of Bertha Cool and Donald Lam, who appeared in more than two dozen adventures of their own.

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Top of the Heap 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This glorious book is by one of the grand masters of the genre, Erle Stanley Gardner. Although best known for bringing the world's best known lawyer to the forefront of the reading public, the creation of his that is pure detective fiction is the main characters of this novel... Bertha Cool and Donald Lam. This novel is Gardner and Lam at their best. Lam is hired by a rich young man to find the girls he had been partying with a few days before and that is the last easily explained happening in the book. From then on Gardner weaves a plot as far-reaching and mystifying that most detectives would be lost following. But, in Gardner's golden words, not only does Donald Lam follow along with few hiccups, but we, the reader, are able to keep right up with the diminuitive detective. For those readers who have found today's writers and their stories a little lacking, or those just looking for some great, edge-of-your-seat reading, this book is for you. For many years, I have been telling friends that read that they have missed out on some of the best stories of all time by not reading any of the great mysteries of the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Guess I must not have been the only one who has felt this way. A new publisher, Hard Case Crime, is bringing back not only some of the books I loved, one of which this book is one, but are also publishing new stories written in the same way as those wonderful old books but by present day authors. For all of the new readers out there, you will love this book. For those of you who are old enough to have read this book and others by Mr. Gardner, let's, you and I, go back home again and visit with an old friend...Donald Lam in 'Top of the Heap'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is easily one of the five best detective stories I've ever read. The plot is complicated, the resolution is satisfying, the characters spring to life from the page, and the writing is delicious. A great virtuoso performance by the peerless Erle Stanley Gardner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. If you love the old school detective style stories you will love this book.
kurvanas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
How Cool & Lam is this? Another beautiful Hard Case reprint, this is classic Erle Stanley Gardner, from his A. A. Fair persona. Check out how hard it is to make it -- and stay -- at the Top of the Heap.
TN1796 More than 1 year ago
As a fan of the Perry Mason series, I've long wanted to read some of Erle Stanley Gardner's books using his pen name A.A. Fair. I'd heard a great deal about Donald Lam and Bertha Cool, Mason's grittier (and funnier) detectives. After letting this book set on my shelves for years I finally picked it up. While no great shakes as a mystery (nothing here would particularly surprise any fan of the genre), it shows all the elements of the series: Cool's greed and volcanic temper; Lam's attractiveness to women and solid investigating skills; a client who is hiding something; a tidy solution that wrapped up all the (often confusing) clues into a neat package. I enjoyed it and look forward to picking up the other Cool and Lam books republished by Hard Case Crime.
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Read everything by Ross Macdonald, Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler? This story is right up there.
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