Cannon travels to the quiet, remote town of Mercer, California to help his friend Ian Kirk who is suspected of murdering his rich wife and her paramour Wade Gibson. Actor David Janssen plays Ian, a writer who met his wife Irene in Africa, got married and settled in her hometown. But Ian's considered an outsider who married for money. No one in town wants to believe that the local girl is responsible for her own death and that of her golden boy lover. The town would rather believe that the outcast is guilty of murdering his wife, whether or not he actually did it. As Cannon tries to prove his friend's innocence, he gets help from the mayor (actress Anne Baxter) but is stymied in his efforts by the sheriff's office. Several other viable suspects present themselves, people who had reason to hate Wade, including his stepfather and the sheriff's daughter.
Did You Know?
The car the murders take place in is a Ferrari 365 GTS/4, more commonly known as a Daytona Spyder. See more
The Holbrooke Hotel that Cannon is staying is only 2 floors high. So when Cannon complains to owners about the elevator being out of order and having to walk up and down 4 floors would of course be impossible. See more
Fancy bottle, Mr. Kirk. Expensive too. Does that make the liquor taste better?