Art student Maxine Lindsay, as the guest of her mentor, art dealer Colin Durant, attends a reception aboard the yacht of millionaire Otto Olney, who is unveiling his newest purchase, a $130,000 Gauguin. When Durant confides that the painting is a fake, Maxine becomes involved in a complicated series of deceptions. Soon gallery owner Leslie Rankin threatens Maxine. Perry Mason is consulted by Rankin wanting to sue Durant. Perry suggests instead that the owner sue to keep Rankin's name and business out of the news to which Rankin and Olney agree. When Durant confronts Perry at dinner, Perry realizes he has been had. In trying to track down Maxine, Perry and Della go to her apartment but the manager says she has moved out. Hearing the shower running, Della looks for Maxine but finds Durant shot laying in the shower. A beatnik artist who uses Maxine as a model is accused of painting a fake which he does not deny as it is in his apartment. A gun turned in from the lockers at the bus ... Written by
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The killer confesses after Paul Drake says his operatives have found incriminating evidence in the killer's workplace. Paul would never have done such a thing, as private detectives are not allowed to conduct evidence searches in California; Paul and his operatives could have lost their licenses and faced criminal charges. See more