After Willard Nesbitt falls out of his fishing boat, he is presumed to have drowned. His wife Eve knows little about their financial situation or his business interests and so seeks Perry Mason's assistance. Her husband was in the process of liquidating his business partnership with Lloyd Castle who had offered a $10,000 settlement to Nesbitt but Nesbitt never signed the contract. Castle forges Nesbitt's signature and gives Mason the $10,000 for Eve. She also gets to cash in her husband's insurance which had a double indemnity clause in case of accidental death. When Castle's company announces a major mining find just after breaking up the partnership, Perry suggests that the signature on the contract may not be Nesbitt's. The case takes a sudden and bizarre twist however when, weeks after his disappearance, Willard Nesbitt is found dead in his home having been killed only a few hours earlier. He had seen the mining news and called Eve to meet him. Eve is charged with murder and Perry... Written by
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Well, it's all as clear as crystal to me.
[referring to Della's handwriting
In this girl's handwriting, I can see loyalty, perseverance, and hunger. Especially hunger. And your client doesn't look too well fed, either. And if you could read my writing, you'd see that I'm starved, also. And, from your handwriting, I can tell that you're a very rich man who can afford the finest restaurant in town.