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Cool, Bertha (Fictitious character)

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Works: 37 works in 53 publications in 3 languages and 670 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction 
Classifications: PS3513.A6322, 813.52
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    Traps need fresh bait by A. A Fair( Book )
    1 edition published in 1967 in English and held by 247 libraries worldwide
    Bertha Cool was purring like a kitten. A client had just hired the agency to investigate a suspected insurance swindle, and in Bertha's glittering eyes, that was just the respectable sort of case they needed. Donald Lam had his doubts, but he began looking around for suitable bait to set a trap. What he didn't know was that the trap was already baited -- and more than ready to spring
    Beware the curves by A. A Fair( Book )
    1 edition published in 1956 in English and held by 151 libraries worldwide
    The first job was simple. Find the name of a man. He was to get the name of a man who provided the plot of a book. With just a few things to go on Donald Lam does exactly that - much to his frustration. He provides that information to his client - the name of the man, then acts surprised when his client really wanted more. Lam points out that if he was REALLY interested in the murder of the man, he made three big mistakes. The first was not telling him, so Lam could cover his back trail. The second was not telling him the man the police were interested in fit his description. The third was not leaving a phone number so Donald could warn him that the police might just be interested in a private eye who was looking up a famous murder case. Still, he was all business after that - pay him for the job. However, his partner accepts a second job - find out if it is safe for the client to come back since the death of the only man who could identify him in the murder case. It wasn't, but the man is arrested. Still, even Lam's job as a jury consultant to a law school friend of his wasn't the key to the case - it was Donald's own legal knowledge and ability to bait a trap. Maybe the real killer would never be prosecuted for it, but Donald's job was saving his client
    Some slips don't show by A. A Fair( Book )
    2 editions published in 1957 in English and held by 110 libraries worldwide
    You can die laughing by Erle Stanley Gardner( Book )
    3 editions published between 1957 and 2014 in English and Czech and held by 20 libraries worldwide
    All's A. A. Fair (alias Erle Stanley Gardner) in the private sanctum of Cool & Lam, until mineral rights, marital fights, and a gossipy neighbor turn out to be more than mere figures of fun to Bertha and Donald. Things got off to a cyclonic start when a Texas tycoon breezed into their office one day and airily began discussing oil and/or minerals . . . The trouble was, he didn't stick to the point. The wells he had in mind was a Mrs. Wells. And the question was: where was she? Bertha Cool, fit to be tied, was inclined to blame the whole muddle on her partner, Donald Lam -- until he ran across the biggest blabbermouth on record, with a vicious bit in her teeth and no curb on her tongue. .
    Give 'em the ax by Erle Stanley Gardner( Book )
    2 editions published between 1945 and 1967 in English and held by 16 libraries worldwide
    Ace detective team, Bertha Cool and Donald Lam, didn't care for their lithe young client's line of work -- breaking up marriages. But for the fat fee she was paying, they pushed personal feelings aside to dig up some particularly nasty tidbits in a rival temptress' past. But once they dug deep enough, there were other facts to consider. Like blackmail, and an ugly little extramarital affair called murder
    Cut thin to win & You can die laughing by Erle Stanley Gardner( Book )
    1 edition published in 1965 in English and held by 14 libraries worldwide
    Gold comes in bricks ; &, the bigger they come by Erle Stanley Gardner( Book )
    1 edition published in 1968 in English and held by 14 libraries worldwide
    Cats prowl at night, & Fools die on Friday by Erle Stanley Gardner( Book )
    1 edition published in 1947 in English and held by 13 libraries worldwide
    Pass the gravy, & Kept women can't quit by Erle Stanley Gardner( Book )
    1 edition published in 1960 in English and held by 8 libraries worldwide
    Top of the heap by Erle Stanley Gardner( Book )
    3 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in Russian and held by 8 libraries worldwide
    When the beautiful girlfriend of a notorious gangster vanishes, the last man to be seen with her needs an alibi - and fast. Enter Donald Lam of the Cool & Lam detective agency. Donald tracks down the two women with whom his client claims to have spent the night and the client declares the case closed. But it's not. Something about his client's story doesn't add up, and Donald can't resist the temptation to keep digging. Before he knows it, he's dug up connections to a mining scam, an illegal casino, and a double homicide - plus an opportunity for an enterprising private eye to make a small fortune, if he can just stay alive long enough to cash in on it
    Beware the curves by Erle Stanley Gardner( Book )
    2 editions published between 1958 and 1997 in Czech and English and held by 7 libraries worldwide
    The first job was simple. Find the name of a man. He was to get the name of a man who provided the plot of a book. With just a few things to go on Donald Lam does exactly that - much to his frustration. He provides that information to his client - the name of the man, then acts surprised when his client really wanted more. Lam points out that if he was REALLY interested in the murder of the man, he made three big mistakes. The first was not telling him, so Lam could cover his back trail. The second was not telling him the man the police were interested in fit his description. The third was not leaving a phone number so Donald could warn him that the police might just be interested in a private eye who was looking up a famous murder case. Still, he was all business after that - pay him for the job. However, his partner accepts a second job - find out if it is safe for the client to come back since the death of the only man who could identify him in the murder case. It wasn't, but the man is arrested. Still, even Lam's job as a jury consultant to a law school friend of his wasn't the key to the case - it was Donald's own legal knowledge and ability to bait a trap. Maybe the real killer would never be prosecuted for it, but Donald's job was saving his client
    Ryba ushla s kri︠u︡chka ; Dostupen kazhdomu ; Po tonkomu lʹdu by Erle Stanley Gardner( Book )
    1 edition published in 2010 in Russian and held by 5 libraries worldwide
    Gold comes in bricks by Erle Stanley Gardner( Book )
    3 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and Czech and held by 4 libraries worldwide
    I opi︠a︡tʹ i︠a︡ na kone ; Ne li︠u︡bi︠a︡t zhdatʹ ; Beregitesʹ okruglosteĭ! ; Mozhno pomeretʹ so smekhu by Erle Stanley Gardner( Book )
    1 edition published in 2010 in Russian and held by 4 libraries worldwide
    Some slips don't show by Erle Stanley Gardner( Book )
    2 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and Czech and held by 4 libraries worldwide
    It wasn't blackmail -- at least not the ordinary kind. Donald Lam had come to San Francisco to see what he could do for a client who had, it seemed, been indiscreet and had received a letter threatening to tell his wife all. But when Lam met Lois Marlow, she denied a blackmail attempt and was very friendly. She even asked him to make coffee while she dressed. "You watching that coffee, Donald?" she called through a crack in the bedroom door. "Not yet. A watched pot never boils." She opened the door. The light streaming through the bedroom window made an intriguing silhouette. "Your slip's showing." Lois looked down at the silhouette and laughed. "Some slips don't show, Donald."
    Donald Lam, detective by Erle Stanley Gardner( Book )
    1 edition published in 2001 in Russian and held by 3 libraries worldwide
    Up for grabs by Erle Stanley Gardner( Book )
    2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
    Kept women can't quit by A. A Fair( Book )
    2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
    The opening chapter tells of a stealth theft from an armored car that was only discovered when the money went missing after the driver and guard stopped for coffee and doughnuts. The "Cool & Lam" agency gets a visit from Detective Sergeant Sellers because their name and number was found on a piece of paper in a suspect's possession - the alleged girlfriend of a criminal found with half the loot. The police think this money was ordered by a big bookmaker. This girlfriend, Hazel Downer, visits Donald Lam to find her missing husband, and the money she inherited. Coincidentally, this money matches the amount missing in the robbery! Chapter 2 gives a quick introduction to the public relations racket and its use in merchandising. Donald Lam follows the clues he discovers. A duplicate trunk is shipped to San Francisco, and Lam follows. Lam meets Hazel and goes for a ride. Their meeting is interrupted by Sergeant Sellers. How will Donald Lam get out of this mess?
    The bigger they come by Erle Stanley Gardner( Book )
    2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
    Meet Donald Lam, he's a private detective or at least, he is by the end of the book. A more unlikely looking P.I. you'll never meet, as he is constantly reminded. At 5 and a half feet tall and 127 pounds, he's simply not intimidating at all. But what he lacks in brawn he more than makes up for in brains, a fact that is not lost on his new employer, Bertha Cool of the B.L. Cool Agency, was sharp enough to spot. Now, Bertha Cool is also not the most likely head figure of a detective agency, although physically impressive she most certainly is. She's sixty-something with grey hair, sparkling eyes and a grandmotherly expression. She weighs in at over 300 pounds and is described as having the majesty of a snow capped mountain and the assurance of a steamroller. When Lam gets the job he is put to work immediately because if there's one thing Bertha Cool believes in it's getting her money's worth. His first job is to serve divorce papers on Morgan Birks, husband of Sandra Birks who claims he has been abusing her. It seems a straightforward enough job, and it is. But it's only after the papers have been served that the real fireworks begin. It's in the moments of confusion that quickly follow a seemingly successful job that Lam's genius is uncovered as he works his way through deduction after deduction and then comes up with a brilliant solution that is as impressive in its cunning as it is in its simplicity. As the first book of a series of 29, it provides a terrific start combining an interesting duo with a clever mystery. With the promise of many more such stories to follow, it's bound to leave you begging for more
    Cut thin to win by A. A Fair( Book )
    2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
    When Donald Lam and Bertha Cool cut in on a deal, they "Cut thin to win." The man's name was Clayton Dawson. The Cool-Lam Agency was so well known he'd come from Denver for help on highly confidential matter . . . After adjusting to the fact that "Cool" was a woman (a "Big Bertha" as it turned out) and "Lam" looked like he couldn't hurt a fly (an outrageous deceit), Dawson shelled out a fat retainer and put his cards on the table. The question was: Were they from a marked deck?
 
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