After Della Street buys a package of memorabilia dealing with a woman, Helen Cadmus, who died a year ago, she and Perry are approached by Nathon Fallon who, it seems, is prepared to pay any price to get his hands on the material on behalf of his employer, Benjamin Addicks. Perry is intrigued and asks Paul Drake to look into Addicks' background. They soon track down a former housekeeper, Josephine Kempton, who is in the process of suing Addicks for slander as he has been spreading lies about her being a thief. Addicks is a strange man, a scientist who keeps a menagerie of animals including a gorilla. When Josephine calls Perry from Addicks' home asking for help, he arrives to find the gorilla in Addick's bedroom and Josephine on the floor avoiding the glare of the gorilla, who has seemingly gotten out of its enclosure. Addicks is dead but, when the police find that he has been stabbed, it's clear that someone other than the gorilla was involved. Written by
Did You Know?
In the original novel, the threatening letter writer is the dead man's first wife and not his brother. Part of the novel's plot revolves around whether or not the girl can inherit from the dead man's estate due to the possibility that their marriage was bigamous. See more
In Perry's initial conversation with Mortimer Hershey, his glasses are a light colored frame and no lenses. The next scene his glasses have a darker frame with lenses. In the following scene the glasses switch back to the lighter color frame without lenses. See more
[hurrying down a hall with a package in her arms
Perry... here I am.
Did you have a chance to call the office?
Well, I was just going to, but...
We have to be up in 212 in less than five minutes.
Yes, I know. If you'll just hold this, it will only take me a minute to call Gertie.