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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Give Em the Ax By Erle Stanley Gardner 1962 Pb AA Fair
Give Em the Ax By Erle Stanley Gardner 1962 Pb AA Fair
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Kept Women Cant Quit by A A Fair a Bertha Cool and Donald Lam mystery
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A A Fair Top of the Heap Dell Canadian 8960 1966 Private Eye 986164
A A Fair Top of the Heap Dell Canadian 8960 1966 Private Eye 986164
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USED GD Gold Comes in Bricks by AA Fair
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DOUBLE OR QUITS By A A FAIR ERLE STANLEY GARDNER Dell 1951
DOUBLE OR QUITS By A A FAIR ERLE STANLEY GARDNER Dell 1951
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CATS PROWL AT NIGHT by A A Fair DELL CRIME paperback Vintage Classic PULP
CATS PROWL AT NIGHT by A A Fair DELL CRIME paperback Vintage Classic PULP
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Lot of 9 ERLE STANLEY GARDNER AA FAIR Vintage Pocket Book Dell PBs Mapback
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USED GD All Grass Isnt Green Lam Cool Mysteries by A A Fair
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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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