The Case of the Demure Defendant Author:Erle Stanley Gardner Nadine Farr was a troubled young woman. Under the treatment of Dr. Denair, she revealed under drugs that she had killed her uncle with cyanide, then tossed the bottle into a lake, weighed down with shotgun shot. Unfortunately for her and her doctor, there was a tape recording of the drug-induced interview... and the nurse's boy-friend was a poli... more »ce detective.
Dr. Denair laid out his problem to Perry Mason, who put together a plan to carefully investigate the matter. In the end, he recovered the bottle from the lake... and it only contained a harmless sugar substitute.
However, the nurse blabbed to her boy-friend, and the police became interested. Then the D.A. found a SECOND bottle in the lake, filled with cyanide. Mason found himself stuck with a client who had confessed under drugs to a crime... and found himself accused of tossing one of the bottles into the lake. --Jeffrey Clinard« less