I thought the author's name sounded familiar, and sure enough, when I looked him up later, Earl Stanley Gardner was the writer who created the Perry Mason character. That old TV series, based on the books and filmed in black and white, formed the extent of my worldly knowledge of law and courtrooms as I was growing up...until I went to law school a lifetime later.
Yet another thing I learned was that Gardner, himself a lawyer, had invested years in a project he called 'The Court of Last Resort," to review and at times, reverse, miscarriages of justice. Sounds a lot like today's "Innocence Project"!
I can't wait to start reading these. The "D.A." series features a small-town prosecutor, Doug Selby, who is the personification of justice and decency and the moral high ground. But...could Doug Selby walk a staircase in sling-back high heels?