When you need help, write to Box 13, care of the Star Times. Today a condemned man writes to Dan Holiday to investigate the facts of his case. What can Dan do for the man on death row? He has been tried, and run through the legal system, and the legal system can’t be wrong! Can it? wink, wink.
Dan himself doesn’t see any hope, and only has 34 hours to dig something up. It’s times like these that makes Dan regret having that ad for Box 13, but he’s always up for a good challenge. The clock is ticking, and Dan accounts for the time as he reviews the court records. Evidence is against the man, Martin Kirby. When Dan Interviews the cops, it sheds no new light, and the suspicions with the police is that he is guilty as charged.
According to the court record,Kirby was the only suspect, and Dan grasps for any hint of another, or flaws in the way things add up against the doomed man. All Dan has to go on is a typed note that the case is hinged on, and the shadow of a doubt.
Time is short, and the clues are scarce, so Dan hits them hard. He’s playing for high stakes, and all he has is a bluff, but the pressure is on. After taking a bullet for the case, Dan is sure of the real killer, but he still doesn’t have evidence that he can use.
The case is closed with the cops, but Dan’s friend on the force is beginning to see the light. Still playing his hunches, Dan has only the slim evidence of that typewritten note, and some scant forensics evidence related to it, and appealing to the conscience of the killer. Things come down to the wire and there’s one more twist that helps Dan out.