This outlandish, clouded variation on mystery and suspense is based on an Ellery Queen tale. Divided into 10 days, the story focuses on the wealthy Van Horns--the patriarch Welles, his wife Jobert, and his adopted son, Perkins--and their interaction with Perkins' mentor and former
philosophy professor, Piccoli. After one of Perkins' amnesiac blackouts, he awakens with blood-covered hands and summons Piccoli. He persuades Piccoli to stay as a guest on the Van Horn estate just in case he has any more blackouts. Before long Jobert and Perkins admit to Piccoli that they are
lovers being blackmailed by someone who has confiscated their love letters. Perkins steals $25,0...