Perry Mason #6: The Case Of The Counterfeit Eye by Erle Stanley Gardner (Pocket, 1943)

Title: The Case Of The Counterfeit Eye
Author: Erle Stanley Gardner
Imprint & Number: Pocket 157
Cover price: none
Publication date: 4/1943
Cover artist: uncredited

This novel introduces readers to district attorney Hamilton Burger. From the back cover:

The Bloodshot Eye

Peter Brunold has his glass eye stolen – a bloodshot one that he uses the “morning after.” The thief has substituted a counterfeit eye. Fearing a frame-up of some kind, Brunold contacts Perry Mason immediately.

Someone does frame him. There is a murder and the corpse is discovered clutching a bloodshot glass eye. A second murder takes place, and – to the surprise of several people – another bloodshot eye appears. Mason becomes deeply involved in the case. And then – his fingerprints are found on one of the three murder guns! There are many complications in the case including a vanishing brunette, a divorce, and a new district attorney. Perry Mason has to execute some really brilliant sleuthing and courtroom surprises to get himself out of this mess and his client in the clear.

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