Sunday, April 1, 2018

Stanley’s Style: “Bats Fly at Dusk”

Part of a 100th-birthday tribute to artist Robert Stanley.

Bats Fly at Dusk, by “A.A. Fair,” aka Erle Stanley Gardner (Dell, 1953). Published originally as the seventh of Gardner’s yarns starring mismatched and bickering Los Angeles gumshoes Bertha Cool and Donald Lam, Bats finds the brainy Lam having left town in order to join the fighting during World War II. (He’d volunteered for duty with the U.S. Navy at the end of the previous book, Owls Don’t Blink—one of my favorite entries in this series.) Nonetheless, Lam manages to solve the crimes presented in the lighthearted Bats ... and save Bertha from disaster.

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