A.A. Fair

A.A. Fair was the pseudonym under which Erle Stanley Gardner wrote to produce the Cool & Lam detective series. This series is a hardboiled detective series that features an odd pairing of Bertha Cool and Donald Lam and takes a wryly amusing poke at the genre while still providing plenty of action and mystery.

Bertha Cool is an imposing figure of a woman who brooks no nonsense and operates on a policy that is openly greed-based. Donald Lam is her partner and he is a sharp-witted diminutive man who can see through just about any shady scheme that faces him. It is Donald who does the meaningful detective work while Bertha does the brow beating and money collection.

The series starts in the late 1930s and carried on for 29 volumes. While most other private detective stories from the genre rely heavily on action and violence, the Cool & Lam books tend more towards the cerebral as Donald sorts out the lies from the facts and cuts to the solution. That’s not to say that Donald doesn’t occasionally find himself on the losing end of the occasional violent encounter.

The Cool & Lam series is a very entertaining series of detective novels that will have you searching for more. Apart from the first book in the series, The Bigger They Come, it is not essential that you read the books in order. If, however, you are looking for all the books in the series you will find a checklist at the bottom of the page.

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Owls Dont Blink Erle Stanley Gardner aka AA Fair 1970 Dell Book E 93
Owls Dont Blink Erle Stanley Gardner aka AA Fair 1970 Dell Book E 93
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AA Fair Top Of The Heap By Erle Stanley Gardner 1959
AA Fair Top Of The Heap By Erle Stanley Gardner 1959
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A A FAIRERLE STANLEY GARDNERSOME SLIPS DONT SHOW1ST 1 H B 1959
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The Detective BookClub by John Dickson Carrby Charlotte Armstrong by AA Fair
The Detective BookClub by John Dickson Carrby Charlotte Armstrong by AA Fair
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BATS FLY AT DUSK1942AA Fair1st Ed
BATS FLY AT DUSK1942AA Fair1st Ed
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TOP OF THE HEAP 1959 AA FAIR CLASSY RAVISHING READY BUXOM BLONDE FINE
TOP OF THE HEAP 1959 AA FAIR CLASSY RAVISHING READY BUXOM BLONDE FINE
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Fools Die On Friday by AA Fair Dell Mapback 542 1947 Vintage Paperback GGA
Fools Die On Friday by AA Fair Dell Mapback 542 1947 Vintage Paperback GGA
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TOP OF THE HEAP by AA FAIR 1957 1st ED W DJ 1st PRINT  ERLE STANLEY GARDNER
TOP OF THE HEAP by AA FAIR 1957 1st ED W DJ 1st PRINT ERLE STANLEY GARDNER
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AAFair Fish or Cut Bait by Erle Stanley GardnerPocket 504101stOct1964
AAFair Fish or Cut Bait by Erle Stanley GardnerPocket 504101stOct1964
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NEW Give em the Ax by AA Fair Hardcover Book English Free Shipping
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A A Fair CUT THIN TO WIN Pocket Book 50412 PB 1966
A A Fair CUT THIN TO WIN Pocket Book 50412 PB 1966
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Fair A A Erle Stanley Gardner Some Women Wont Wait First Edition
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The Cool & Lam Series

The Bigger They Come (1939)
Turn On the Heat (1940)
Gold Comes In Bricks (1940)
Spill the Jackpot (1941)
Double or Quits (1941)
Owls Don't Blink (1942)
Bats Fly At Dusk (1942)
Cats Prowl At Night (1943)
Give 'Em the Axe (1944)
Crows Can't Count (1946)
Fools Die on Friday (1947)
Bedrooms Have Windows (1949)
Top of the Heap (1952)
Some Women Won't Wait (1953)
Beware the Curves (1956)
You Can Die Laughing (1957)
Some Slips Don't Show (1957)
The Count of Nine (1958)
Pass the Gravy (1959)
Kept Women Can't Quit (1960)
Bachelors Get Lonely (1961)
Shills Can't Cash Chips (1961)
Try Anything Once (1962)
Fish or Cut Bait (1963)
Up For Grabs (1964)
Cut Thin To Win (1965)
Widows Wear Weeds (1966)
Traps Need Fresh Bait (1967)
All Grass Isn't Green (1970)


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