"Hell's Bells!" Perry Mason said. "The thing sticks out like a sore thumb. Here was this girl in her undies pulling a gun on you, her hand shaking, and she walked toward you, kept walking toward you!"
"What's wrong with that?" Jerry Conway asked. "Everything!" Mason exploded. "A girl half nude getting a gun out of the desk would have been backing away from you and telling you to get out of the room. She kept walking toward you until you just had to take the gun away from her. She did everything but shove it into your hand!"
"You think it will turn out to be the murder weapon?"
"I know damned well it will be the murder weapon. And when the D.A. hears your story, it's going to sound fishy as hell!"
Serialized as "The Proxy Murder" in Chicago Tribune-New York News Syndicate, September 8, 1957 to October 19, 1957
Original title: The Case of the Daring Decoy
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Legal Thriller