Young Deborah Dearborn has written a very successful novel which, she has only now learned, is based on the misdeeds of Stephanie Carew, stepmother of Deborah's boyfriend, John. Now that she knows, Deborah tells her agent, Ruben Cason, that she cannot sign the contract she had promised him to make a movie based on the book. When told of this, Gideon Long, the producer who planned to make the movie, decides to sue Cason and make his own deal with Deborah. But Stephanie comes to Deborah and threatens to sue her and ruin John unless she signs the contract with Long and pays her all of the proceeds from it. Mason advises Deborah not to sign. When he and Paul come to see Stephanie at her married lover's house, they find her drowned in the swimming pool. When the autopsy shows Stephanie was actually drowned in the ocean, Deborah is charged with her murder and Perry defends her.
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Perry Mason's office address and phone number appear in this episode: Brent Building, Suite 904; phone number MA 5-1190. See more
[reading from the cover of a book
"Sensational novel by 20-year-old Deborah Dearborn."
I'm surprised you haven't read it yet. Everyone else has.