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‘The bestselling author of the century … a master storyteller’ New York Times

‘Tantalising on every page and brilliant’ Scott Turow, author of Presumed Innocent and Testimony

Perry Mason orders a double serving of trouble the night he and Della Street dine at an intimate restaurant after a hard day at law. In the middle of their steaks a waitress flees the premises in terror, leaving the puzzled proprietor holding her mink coat.

Why a humble working girl abandons such a pricey wrap is only the first question in a cop-killer case that traps Mason’s client with both an impossible story and the murder weapon, makes Perry himself a prime suspect, and blazes a gunpowder trail that leads straight to the heart of the police department itself.

Reviews

Kingpin among the mystery writers
NEW YORK TIMES
Beautiful babes, worthy opponents and fancy legal cross-stitching . . . a stellar ending
KIRKUS
Millions of Americans never seem to tire of Gardner's thrillers
NEW YORK TIMES
Gardner has a way of moving the story forward that is almost a lost art: great stretches of dialogue alternate with lively chunks of exposition, and the two work together perfectly, without sacrificing momentum
BOOKLIST
Amazing originality
NEW YORK TIMES
Tantalising on every page and brilliant
Scott Turow, author of Presumed Innocent and Testimony