Producer Jackson Sidemark has a hit TV series. Unfortunately, his star Barry Conrad tells him he won't be doing another season, after Sidemark is already on the hook for numerous contractual obligations. Conrad stabs others in the back too, like the former star Winifred Glover who gave him his start, and the writer of Sidemark's show. There's little surprise when Conrad's murder occurs, but nothing goes as expected after that. Conrad was killed in the midst of a scene with a last minute plot change in which guns are substituted for knives. There's perjury, dismissal of charges against Sidemark, and accusations from Burger of Perry's misconduct. After a second murder with Sidemark as the victim, Perry has a new client - the actress Winifred Glover, and must solve both cases to get at the truth. He's helped and hindered by a cast of both familiar TV faces and members of the "Perry Mason" crew in bit parts, plus Perry's creator Erle Stanley Gardner as the final Judge. Written by
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The only case in which a person accused of murder is later murdered himself. See more
The murder is committed with a prop gun, specifically a semi-automatic pistol modified to fire blanks. Such guns have bore restricters, weakened springs and ground-off locking lugs, all necessary to operate with the weak chamber pressure and recoil impetus of blanks; they invariably blow up or fly apart if fired with live ammunition. See more
Now it seems to me the place to start is at the beginning.