The Case of the New Edition

CaseoftheVelvetClawsFor US readers… Ankerwycke, the trade-publishing imprint of the American Bar Association,  is celebrating one of its more famous fictional sons by reissuing Erle Stanley Gardner’s Perry Mason books.

Five of Mason’s celebrated Cases – Velvet Claws, Sulky Girl, Lucky Legs, Howling Dog and Curious Bride – will be published this month.

Many of the Perry Mason series titles have not been in print for years. With the reissue of these iconic books, Ankerwycke will introduce an entirely new generation of readers to the investigative brilliance of Perry Mason and the masterful storytelling of Gardner. Each book will sell for $9.99.


Read the full story at the ABA website.

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4 Responses to The Case of the New Edition

  1. kaggsysbookishramblings says:

    What with the British Library and the Maigrets and now these, we classic crime fans are being spoiled – and we’re likely to go bankrupt too!


  2. tracybham says:

    Thanks for this info. I think I have vintage copies of all of these, with the lovely covers. But those are hard to read, so I may go this route with some of them.


  3. John says:

    We really are in an era that is a renaissance for vintage mystery novels. But as a used book dealer I think reprinting any of the Perry Mason novels is a bit redundant. You can find those books all over creation and pay $3 a piece or less…at least over her in the US. I’m continually amazed how people act as if a book not currently in print can’t be found or purchased. I guess the idea of buying a used book will soon be thought of as quaint. Maybe it already is. […sigh…]


    • dfordoom says:

      I agree with John here. I adore the Perry Mason books but they’re ridiculously easy (and cheap) to get hold of. It’s the authors who mostly never made it into paperback, like John Rhode, R. A. J. Walling, Christopher Bush, etc, who need to be reprinted.


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