By Erle Stanley Gardner
He's probably not a personal eye, in that he doesn't relatively tackle paying shoppers, yet he definitely will get paid for his, uh, investigations.
One method or another.
Because prosperous legal professional LESTER LEITH is arguably the best con artist to ever seem within the style; a Raffles-like gentleman thief (or is that "crook detective"?) that makers Jim Rockford or Max Latin appear like rank amateurs.
It's been expected that, over a occupation of over sixty brief tales, ordinarily in Detective Fiction Weekly, Leith swindled, scammed and cheated over seven million funds from varied thieves, blackmailers and different self belief males and donated to charity (minus his established 20 in step with cent for "expenses").
Much to the chagrin of Sergeant Ackley, who's confident Leith is a criminal himself, and who lodges to fitting an undercover cop as Leith's own valet, Scuttles -- a scheme that Leith sniffs out immediately.
Were his adventures similar by way of an individual else, Leith might most likely be thought of a massive pulp personality, yet coming from the pen of Erle Stanley Gardner, Leith used to be only one of a slew of sequence characters that Gardner wrote for the pulps sooner than (and even after) he created meal price ticket Perry Mason. in reality, he was once so populart that the editors of is reputation used to be such that the editors of Detective Fiction Weekly insisted that Gardner post at least one Lester Leith tale each 3 weeks.