Walter Eastman is putting money behind the development of a rotary engine and it has yet to prove itself on the racetrack. The young Italian test driver deliberately crashes the car and ends up dead and Perry has to defend Eastman.
Race car driver Vincent Danielli crashes a new race car on purpose and is now faking paralysis. His plan is to get rid of his lover Kate Eastman's husband Walter. The mechanics can find no reason for the car crash and Walter Eastman has financed much of the work on the new type of rotary engine developed by Dr. Moody they are testing based on advice from his brother-in-law Kirby Evans. Walter approaches Perry Mason to terminate his relationship with the project although it has the potential to be a major financial success and doesn't hold back his dislike of Danielli. When Kate realizes murder is part of Danielli's plan, she does her best to save her husband. When Danielli is found dead however, it's Walter Eastman who is charged with murder as he has no alibi and the evidence seems solid against him. It's left to Perry Mason to identify the real killer. Written by
Watching how Alejandro Rey was plotting to steal a lot of money, his sponsor's invention and then run off with his wife Audrey Dalton, I think Perry Mason could have gotten Jess Barker off without nailing the real guilty party. Still it's a Perry Mason story and Raymond Burr leaves no stone unturned for answers.
Still this was not one of the better Mason stories. I especially did not like the usual courtroom confession of the murderer. That person was presented as a most sane and rational individual and to see that one go positively bug eyed at being unmasked just did not ring true at all.
But some who like overacting will jump for joy seeing it. By the way though at that point, Rey's homicide does not seem like so much a public service.
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