By Erle Stanley Gardner
When Matilda Benson solicits the aid of Perry Mason, her request turns out easy adequate: cruise to a playing send moored simply past the twelve-mile restrict and purchase again the IOUs signed by way of omit Benson's niece. yet after Mason reaches the floating on line casino, he discovers difficulties aplenty--most particularly the ship's proprietor with a bullet gap via his head.
Strangely sufficient, Matilda and her niece also are on board that evening . . . while an individual tosses a gun over the railing. Does Perry Mason's purchaser have whatever to conceal? With the help of his trusty secretary, Della highway, and the ever-helpful Paul Drake, Mason dives into an ocean of menace.
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You do what you’re told and there won’t be any unpleasantness. This is what you’ve got to do. While Martin is dressing you’ll take that case with the papers in it and put it outside the study window on the window-sill, and you’ll leave the window unlatched. Now that’s absolutely all I’m asking you to do. It won’t take half a minute, and there’s no risk about it at all. The case will be back again on the study table before you’ve finished your dinner, and Martin will never know it’s been out of the house.
Her colour burned too. ” Miss Silver met the indignant gaze with a steady one. ” Without an instant’s hesitation Dorinda drove both hands into the pockets of her tweed coat. They were deep and capacious. They should have been empty. They were not empty. The fact struck her a blow which was as hard as it was unexpected. She felt as if she had missed a step and come down in the dark. Her eyes widened, her colour rose brightly. Her hands came up out of the pockets with a scatteration of stockings, handkerchiefs, and ribbon.
I am prepared to swear that this lady never turned back, and that she could not possibly have taken the mimosa spray. I was interested in her, and there was never a time when I could not see at least the top of her head. She could not have reached the mimosa spray from where she was, and she did not turn back. That is the first point. The second one is this. As the people moved on, there were naturally gaps between them. Through one such gap I saw one of the two young women I have mentioned in the act of withdrawing her hand from this lady’s coat pocket.