On robbery detail, Joe Friday and partner, Frank Smith answer a call at a downtown store.
The cops go to interview the victims and witnesses. The story of the robbery and shooting comes out. The trail of clues take Joe on a trail that leads to a nightclub. The torch singer showcases a new song of the times.
There’s soon evidence that indicates narcotics are involved. The net begins to close around the suspect. There is a likely suspect, and the pressure is put on. The man spills the beans, and it’s a story of how drugs ruined his life, and drove him into a life of robbery that ended up in a murder.