The Case of the Hesitant HostessBy: Gardner, Erle Stanley (male)
Publisher: Pocket Books, Inc. (1127)
Place of Publication: New York, NY
Catalog #: Kelley Box 251: PS3513 .A6322 C2486 1956
Contributor: S. Roe
GeneralEra: 1950s Author as on Cover: Erle Stanley Gardner Geographic Locale: southern California and Las Vegas, Nevada Date of Publication: 1956 | Original Date: 1953 Setting: urban Motives: drug running (heroin)
Perry Mason gets involved with a nightclub hostess to find an important missing witness. This case begins with Perry attracting the attention of a "hesitant hostess" and later finds him flying to Las Vegas to be "married" to Della Street! The things Perry won't do to make sure his client gets a fair shake -- a court-appointed and penniless client, at that.
Perry Mason "Chief," adult male, defense attorney
Della Street adult female, attractive, spunky, Perry Mason's legal secretary
Paul Drake adult male, tall, lanky, private investigator, owner of the Drake Detective Agency
Rodney Archer adult male, broad-shouldered, bushy-browed, widowed real estate operator
Martha Lavina adult female, good-looking, quick-witted, diabolically clever, proprietress of three nightclubs
Albert Brogan adult male, middle-aged, fragile, not completely recovered after an automobile accident and a nervous breakdown that followed, retired salesman living in a trailer park with the help of his niece shortly after the accident
loop of wire
Level of Violence
only the murder, described after the fact; woman strangled with a loop of wire.
heterosexual activity implied. Hostesses purported to be "real" hostess, there for atmosphere -- not for sex. Perry doesn't actually tie the knot with Della of course, so there is no honeymoon activity either.
the niece of Perry's client does in many ways come to the rescue of her uncle
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