A blackmailer from the mob comes around to collect from Betty Moran. The strong willed woman refuses him, kills the mobster, then shoots herself. The news story gets the attention of Richard Diamond. Especially whenWilliam Moran, Betty’s husband shows up on his doorstep to find the others in the blackmail ring. The wisecracking Dick Diamond heads to the cops to share notes on the case. Is the blackmail story just a coverup for the demise of an unfaithful wife?
Dick’s rounds lead to skid row, where he talks with an eloquent bum. Moving as quick as he can, Dick is still a half step behind death, and more murder. After a run in with the cops, Diamond goes back on the street to learn what he can, and in his own style. Acting on a hunch, Dick heads out into the foggy night for a confrontation. There’s gunplay, and a chase through the gritty streets. The truth is out, and justice is done the hard way.
How does a hard boiled detective reward himself at the end of the day? With a hot woman, and a slow song.