Dorothy Bennett. Murder Unleashed (1935)
On a foggy November night in San Francisco, radio tenor Dennis Devore
returns to his hotel room after his show to find a murdered woman on the
floor. After reporting the crime to the police, Dennis quickly becomes
the prime suspect. With the help of a newspaper reporter, he enlists attorney
Peter Byrne to represent him. Together with Peter’s assistant and sister,
Blake, they begin to investigate the mysterious woman, known as Bianca
Fior, “White Flower,” and the circumstances that led her to Dennis’s room.
Although he had never seen her before in his life, the investigation soon
leads back to Dennis’s hometown in Monterey County and to a series of tragic
events from his past that resulted in a manslaughter charge. An amusing
exchange takes place when Dennis and Peter first meet each other. They
realize that they had actually met once before—on opposite sides of the
ball in the Big Game (Peter was a defensive lineman at Stanford; Dennis
was a running back for Cal).
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