It all happened in San Pedro, the harbor in Los Angeles. Trouble waits in Marlowe’s office when he walks in to find a big man at his desk, and a job to find Johnny Dyke. First stop, a chat with Christine, Johnny’s ex-wife. The trail leads to the waterfront, and a string of rough types.
Besides the typical brush with danger, Philip discovers a body with a knife sticking out of it.
It’s back to the bars, and more talking with the dame. Is Johnny trying to keep people quiet by killing them? Follow along with Philip Marlowe as he learns why Johnny is hiding, and why it’s worth the price of murder to keep things quiet. Lies abound and truth about double crossers, and a frame up are exposed.