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Give 'em the Ax av A. A. Fair
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Give 'em the Ax (urspr publ 1944; utgåvan 1944)

av A. A. Fair

Serier: Cool and Lam (9)

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THE RIMLEY RENDEZOUS was a back-street bistro where a tired businessman could drop in for a pick-up, no questions asked. The cover charge was steep, Blackmail was the major part of the tab. It was a lucrative business--until a murderer cut into the profits...and left his weapon in Donald Lam's car. The famous team of COOL and LAM at their fast-moving, quick-thinking best. "Many enthusiasts like Erle Stanley Gardner even better in his disguise as A. A. Fair"… (mer)
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Titel:Give 'em the Ax
Författare:A. A. Fair
Info:Dell. (1944), Edition: Dell 389, Paperback
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Give 'Em the Ax av A. A. Fair (1944)

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Erle Stanley Gardner is, of course, most famous for his Perry Mason series. He did, however, publish thirty novels in the Cool and Lam private eye series, twenty nine of them between 1939 and 1970, and next month The Knife Slipped, a lost novel. It's a terrific series featuring the original odd couple pairing of Bertha Lam, greedy, overweight, given to yelling and screaming, with the slight person of Donald Lam, clever, and almost Holmes-like in his powers of seductive reasoning. Lam is more of your typical Hardboiled detective and Cool is almost there for comic relief.

This particular novel has Lam returning from Navy duty, although still suffering from tropical illnesses. A most unusual, but sensous, client appears and they take on a convoluted case involving a club for afternoon affairs, a lovesick secretary, a cigarette girl with legs that just went on forever, an axe murderer, an awful fender bender, and a suspicious police detective.

This is a quick and easy read and skillfully combines Hardboiled pulp detective fiction with lighter detective fare.

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  DaveWilde | Sep 22, 2017 |
I loved these Donald Lam / Bertha Cool stories when I first read them as a teen in the 1970s. Recently I borrowed my mom's more or less complete set and have been gradually re-reading them. Even if they feel somewhat dated today, they're still a lot of fun. And looking back, I can certainly understand why they appealed so much to me at time.

This one starts with Donald's sudden return from the War (due to a bug picked up on a South Pacific island). He had enlisted and shipped off suddenly two books earlier to evade the misguided efforts of Detective Frank Sellars to pin a murder on him. Donald and Bertha have barely had time to get in a good argument when in drops yet another nubile young client of dubious virtue and Donald is off on the case. As we've come to expect from these stories, someone soon turns up dead, and all the evidence seems to point to Donald and/or a lustful but innocent young lady (or perhaps both in collaboration).

This may not be among the best of the series, with a solution that felt a bit more contrived than usual. Nonetheless, a fun read. ( )
  clong | Nov 23, 2008 |
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THE RIMLEY RENDEZOUS was a back-street bistro where a tired businessman could drop in for a pick-up, no questions asked. The cover charge was steep, Blackmail was the major part of the tab. It was a lucrative business--until a murderer cut into the profits...and left his weapon in Donald Lam's car. The famous team of COOL and LAM at their fast-moving, quick-thinking best. "Many enthusiasts like Erle Stanley Gardner even better in his disguise as A. A. Fair"

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