this is the 113th in my series of seldom read or forgotten books
The Case of the Vagabond Virgin by Erle Stanley Gardner © 1948, this edition 1953, Pocket Book 1953 mass market paperback, mystery – Perry Mason # 32
I took a break from reading general fiction and short stories to indulge in this one. Always quick reads, these have just enough twists to keep me alert. Even when I guess what’s coming, it’s fun to see how it plays out.
Addison, partner in a large department store, is returning from a business trip. He gives a ride to an innocent young girl, and when he finds out she has come a very long way and has no money he helps her out by giving her some cash and arranges for a hotel room for her. Later that day she is picked up by the police and charged with vagrancy. The tycoon wants Perry to get her out of jail, which he does.
A day or two later, a man goes to Addison’s office and says a gossip columnist will print a comment suggesting Addison has set the girl up in a love nest situation unless he pays to suppress the story. Consulting Mason, they decide to trick the blackmailer. Then Addison’s business partner is found murdered…
As usual, there are several possible suspects for the crime, and it’s up to Mason, with the able help of Paul Drake and Della Street, to uncover the killer. Good courtroom scenes in this one. Another enjoyable outing with Mason and team.
This was broadcast on the Perry Mason television series as Season 1, Episode 9 – “The Case of the Vagabond Vixen” on November 16, 1957.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~
The rest of the Friday Forgotten Book posts
can be found at Patti Abbott’s fine blog Pattinase