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Straight Crooks

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Title:Straight Crooks
Gardner, Erle Stanley   
(17 of 20 for author by title)
The Vault of Death [AKA The Man Who Couldn't Forget]
The Seven Sinister Sombreros
Published:   1932
Publisher:Black Mask
Tags:fiction, mystery

Jenkins was a loner and a fugitive, a master of disguise and a con artist supreme, a self-confessed “outlaw, desperado and famous lone wolf,” working both sides of the law, pitting cops against crooks, and all in the name of his personal gain. Make no mistake. Jenkins is ultimately looking out for only one person: himself. He’s only five foot seven-and-a-quarter (Gardner’s exact height, in fact) but he’s plenty tough. The stories, jammed with fisticuffs and gunfire, are hard, fast and furiously paced reads, full of enough twists and turns to keep you guessing, as Jenkins is constantly on the run, from both crooks and the police. As The Coast Book Review once stated — with considerable undertstatement — “Della and Perry were never like this!”

—https://thrillingdetective.com/2019/01/11/ed-jenkins-the-phantom-crook. [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Gardner, Erle Stanley

Erle Stanley Gardner (1889-1970) was an American crime novelist. He was trained as a lawyer and served as a defence lawyer for many years, achieving much notoriety for his ingenious defence strategies. He wrote hundreds of novels and short stories in the crime genre which he completed by employing several assistants who wrote down his verbal dictation. His best known work is about his character, Perry Mason, a lawyer-sleuth who solves crimes with his faithful secretary Delia Street. The novels were serialized in a successful television series which ran for 9 seasons from 1957-1966. (Chambers Biographical Dictionary)

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