Publication: William Morrow and Company, 1936, New York
First edition. Former owner's inked name on front fly leaf and evidence of a book plate removal from front fly leaf, else a very good, bright copy in dust jacket sunned on the spine, with light wear to the spine ends, corners, and extremities with some light cellophane tape reinforcement to the verso of the jacket. Bishop William Mallory consults with Perry Mason about the statute of limitations in a manslaughter case that took place in California twenty-two years ago. Curiosity about the bishop's stutter prompts Mason to question the man's true identity, and he decides to launch an investigation of the manslaughter case. Mason learns that Julia Brownley, the woman charged in the case, is now desperately trying to prove that her daughter, whom she gave up for adoption, is actually the rightful granddaughter of wealthy businessman Renwold Brownley, and that the girl currently living in Brownley's home is an imposter. There is an enormous fortune at stake, and when Brownley is found dead, Julia becomes the prime suspect in his murder. An attractive copy of an elusive title.
Inventory Number: 40777