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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USED GD All Grass Isnt Green Lam Cool Mysteries by A A Fair
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USED GD Top of the Heap by AA Fair
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1965 ERLE STANLEY GARDNER AA FAIR DECTECTIVE CLUB BOOK TROUBLED TRUSTEE
1965 ERLE STANLEY GARDNER AA FAIR DECTECTIVE CLUB BOOK TROUBLED TRUSTEE
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18 Erle Stanley Gardner AA Fair Used Books
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Give Em the Ax AA FAIR Earl Stanley Gardner 1st Ed 2nd Printing 1944 VG
Give Em the Ax AA FAIR Earl Stanley Gardner 1st Ed 2nd Printing 1944 VG
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AA Fair Erle Stanley Gardner Top Of The Heap First Edition 1952
AA Fair Erle Stanley Gardner Top Of The Heap First Edition 1952
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LOT OF 11 ERLE STANLEY GARDNER PERRY MASON AA FAIR MORE DETECTIVE NOVELS
LOT OF 11 ERLE STANLEY GARDNER PERRY MASON AA FAIR MORE DETECTIVE NOVELS
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Bedrooms Have Windows by Erle Stanley Gardner writing as AA Fair  Dell 603
Bedrooms Have Windows by Erle Stanley Gardner writing as AA Fair Dell 603
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Beware the Curves by AA Fair Pocket Book 60241st PrtJuly 1960
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USED GD Pass the Gravy by AA Fair aka Erle Stanley Gardner
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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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