The Case of the Perjured Parrot Author:Erle Stanley Gardner A CASE OF FOWL PLAY — Perry Mason came into the case after the squawks of an exceedingly profane parrot had led fishermen to the mountain cabin of Fremont C. Sabin. Sabin was a millionaire - a millionaire with a bullet through his heart. The ancient, short-barreled derringer found in the cabin was obsolete; but it could still blow a bullet betwee... more »n a man's ribs.
The parrot was in bad shape, too - hangry, very angry, and swearing like a mule-skinner. That was a clue. It seems that Sabin's parrot, Casanova by name, had been a genteel bird, with a refined line of chatter. Sabin's son claimed that the parrot found near his father's body was not Casanova. That and the derringer were the clues Mason and Della Street used to break the case in spite of the interference of the police.
When the showdown came at the coroner's inquest, even the talking parrot was speechless.« less