Carter Gilman seeks Perry Mason's assistance in finding out why a female private detective is blackmailing the wife of a 'friend'. Gilman isn't using his real name, however, and the 'friend' needing help is actually himself. Gilman has a daughter, Muriell, from a previous marriage and is now married to Nancy, whose daughter, Glamis, is still living with them. After receiving a call from the Gilman women when Carter goes missing and Muriell finds money with something red on it in her father's workshop, Perry visits their home, finding Carter's woodworking shop in disarray with $10,000 scattered on the floor with red stain on it. When Paul Drake tells Perry the Las Vegas private detective was found dead, Perry starts to piece together what may have happened. When Glamis' boyfriend, Hartley Elliott, tells Perry he saw Glamis running out of the workshop in the early morning hours, it seems he may have sealed the girl's fate. It's Carter Gilman, however, who is charged with murder. Written by
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