Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Mason's Mysteries

Perry Mason, written by Erle Stanley Gardner in the mid forties and fifties, another good option if "you've seen it all". A rather hard boiled defense attorney, Perry Mason influenced a number of television hits to follow such as Law & Order and The Good Wife. Featured in over eighty novels and short stories, the popular mystery series grew to even wider circles on the tube starring Raymond Burr from 1957 to 1966.

Similar to Poirot, Mason is a character who thrives on the hopeless case. Frequently accepting difficult cases, he mines through the lies and confusion until he discovers the truth. Like many popular detectives, their personal life remains rather vague, avoiding family members, education, or even relationships.

The younger generation may recognize the television movies in the late eighties and nineties also starring a much older Raymond Burr (as a judge).