“Listen to this,” said Paul Drake to Perry Mason. “According to this telegram, the corpse died twice. Now we’ve had everything!”
Perry Mason turned to Della Street. “Get out the blanks for a petition of habeas corpus. I have a hunch that I’ll have to work out a legal gambit that will keep the real facts in this case from ever being brought out.”
“How are you going to do that?” Drake asked.
“There’s a chance, Paul.”
“One chance in a million.”
“Make it one in five,” said Mason. “But let’s hope it works. Because I have a feeling that the true facts in this case are so loaded with explosives that they could touch off a chain reaction.”
Perry Mason was both right and wrong. He found he couldn’t win his case without uncovering the true facts – and when he finally discovered who had killed the corpse, the reaction was more than explosive.