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!"
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Erle Stanley Gardner was an American lawyer and author. He is best known for the Perry Mason series of detective stories, but he wrote numerous other novels and shorter pieces and also a series of nonfiction books, mostly narrations of his travels through Baja California and other regions in MEXICO.
The best-selling American author of the 20th century at the time of his death, Gardner also published under numerous pseudonyms, including A.A. Fair, Kyle Corning, Charles M. Green, Carleton Kendrake, Charles J. Kenny, Les Tillray and Robert Parr.
Gardner was born in Malden, Massachusetts, the son of Grace Adelma (Waugh) and Charles Walter Gardner. Gardner graduated from Palo Alto High School in California in 1909 and enrolled at Valparaiso University School of Law in Indiana. He was suspended after approximately one month when his interest in boxing became a distraction. He returned to California, pursued his legal education on his own, and passed the state Bar exam in 1911. A law degree was not a prerequisite for bar candidates at that time; law students could sit for the examination as soon as they felt qualified.[nb 1]
He started his legal career by working as a typist in a law firm in California for 3 years. In 1911 he was admitted to the Bar and started as a trial lawyer by defending poor people, in particular Chinese and Mexican immigrants. His active interest in defending those who were wrongly implicated and those who didn't have anyone to support them, led to his founding The Court of Last Resort in the 1940s, which was an organization that was dedicated to helping people who were imprisoned unfairly or couldn't get a fair trial.