Box 13 – Flash Of Light. 490220. Alan Ladd is Dan Holiday. A young man writes to Dan, seeking help to find out what happened to him, and the missing days in his life.
Jerry is a small town kid in the big city, he had a few drinks, spent the night in a few clubs, but with no money or identification, he’s too embarrassed to go home with out knowing what happened. Dan finds a solution, but is it the right solution? The kid is sent a message when he is roughed up, and now he only wants to go home and forget his ordeal, but now Dan has his curiosity peaked. There’s a story underlaying the kid, but will Dan be able to figure it out? What will it take to pry the story out of the kid?
Dan has him hauled in on a trumped up charge to both keep him safe, and in town until he can figure this mystery out. After some investigation, it becomes more clear to Dan that the kid saw something, and somebody now wants him out of the way. It involves a known killer, but the puzzle pieces aren’t matching up.
Suddenly, Dan figures it out when a souvenir photo turns up of the kid, with the killer in the background. Did the kid see the murder go down? It doesn’t matter when the killer wants to keep him quiet, and keep his face from being published in the photo.
With the help of the cops, Dan makes his move and sends the kid home with a story to tell about sowing his wild oats.