|Judge Hershey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Author: Erle Stanley Gardner
Main Characters: Perry Mason, Della Street, Paul Drake, Benjamin Addicks, Herman Barnwell, Helen Cadmus, James Etna, Josephine Kempton, Nathon Fallon, Hardwick and Hershey.
Description of one of the main characters: Perry Mason is a very intelligent lawyer. He is very shrewd. He sorts out all the problems of his clients easily and cleverly.
Whom I like and why: I like Paul Drake as he helps Mason solve problems for Mrs. Kempton by doing some detective work. He works for the Paul detective agencies.
Whom I dislike and why: I dislike Herman Barnwell as he murders people. He is searched by police everywhere. He hides in Australia. He is Benjamin Addicks's brother.
Setting/Theme of the story: Perry Mason buys the diaries of Helen Cadmus, a girl who commits suicide in a voyage. He unexpectedly becomes the lawyer of Josephine Kempton who was with Helen Cadmus during the voyage. Benjamin Addicks and his men, Nathan Fallon, Hardwick, Herman Barnwell and Hershey, try to get hold of the diaries. Benjamin Addicks tries to hypnotize gorillas in his house. Benjamin Addick dies and Josephine is accused of murdering him. Perry Mason finds out, with the help of Paul Drake and Della Street, that a gorilla has murdered Addicks.
Part I enjoyed the most: I enjoyed the part when Nathan Fallon claims that he is a distant uncle of Cadmus and wants her diaries.