The evidence against Perry Mason's client is so overwhelming that I could hardly stand it. Even Mason is rattled. He has one witness, a nightclub hostess, whose testimony could help, but she disappears abruptly. Mason has nothing, so he goes fishing. This entails spending a fortune in hiring detectives to trail suspects and dig up information. And the expenses come out of his pocket! This is a court-assigned case. No fee for Mason.
I somehow got through the stressful part and onto the fun part. In court, Mason’s cross examinations are particularly brutal and brilliant. Outside of court, there are astounding discoveries and dramatic rescues.
At one point a gorgeous hostess tries to seduce Mason. He’s as wily in the curtained back seat of a limo as he is in court.
First published in 1953, this Perry Mason mystery is a good one. For readers with stronger nerves than mine, it’s a 5-star read. I took off a star for pain and suffering in the beginning.