Paper Chase Author:Lesley Egan From the dust jacket: "Jesse Falkenstein, lawyer, thought his secretary, Miss Williams, was a remarkably efficient typist, but he felt she had drawbacks as a legal secretary. She had an earnest face, unfashionably tight curls, she was the sole support of her widowed mother-and a good deal of the time she irritated him very much. He wished he had... more » the courage to fire her.
But she'd been his secretary for nine years, so even on a day when there was a lot of work to take care of, and Miss Williams called up to say 'I can't come in this morning-it's an extremely urgent matter,'he didn't fire her.
Later, her mother phoned to ask where she was, and then Jesse's friend and brother-in-law, Sgt. Clock, phoned to say they'd found Miss Williams's body. She had been mugged and killed.
There had been a number of cases in the neighborhood of middle-aged women who'd been molested by a man the papers called the Masked Monster-but up to now he'd never killed anyone. Was this killing his work?
Jesse, and the police, began to investigate.
Miss Williams was not entirely the person she'd seemed to be. For one thing, she was a big mystery reader-and in the dead woman's mouth they'd found a scrap of paper from a mystery magazine.
The problem of Miss Williams, who turned out to have been a brave woman, and a number of other interesting problems kept Jesse extremely busy...."« less