Defense lawyers speak often and passionately about the basic right of EVERY ACCUSED PERSON to the best legal representation. You wonder if they're trying to convince us or themselves. Even if the accused is innocent of murder (and all of Perry Mason's clients are) he or she is still unlikely to be a paragon of virtue. Maybe I should just say "she" since this is my third in the series and once again the plot centers around a young, lovely woman accused of murdering her husband. I suppose that this creates sympathy for the accused, since it would be a damned waste for a young hottie to end up in the electric chair. Or maybe the author (a long-time husband himself) feels that most readers will sympathize with a wife offing her husband. Certainly having a young woman as the accused simplifies matters for Perry Mason if he needs to have his loyal secretary Della Street impersonate her to pull a fast one on D.A. Hamilton Burger.
In this case the murderee is a very successful doctor and surgeon. (In 1954, medicine wasn't as rigidly specialized as it is now.) The good doctor has TWO gorgeous women in his life - his wife and his office nurse/mistress. Juggling two women and a busy medical practice is tough on a middle-aged guy and he likes to relax by getting away in his small plane. He takes caffeine tablets and washes them down with whiskey to ward off drowsiness when he's flying the plane by himself. No, it didn't sound like a good idea to me, either.
This one's got more twists and turns than a goat trail in Appalachia. The IRS wants to know what's happened to the cash that the doctor's office has been collecting and not paying taxes on. Perry Mason's client has an answer for them. She says HE stole it! And the much-put-upon Hamilton Burger goes off the deep end and takes a swing at Perry Mason. Like I said, the defense lawyer gets it from both sides.
Two things puzzle me. First, this one is filled with British expressions and spellings. "Petrol." "Aeroplane." "Labour." "Chequerboard." The author was American. Was this a printing done in the UK? If so, why use it for an ebook to be marketed in the USA. The other thing is why the boob who prepared this series for Kindle keeps getting book descriptions attached to the wrong titles. This is the second I've found. If Perry Mason and Della Street had been this slipshod, ALL of his clients would have fried!