As Philip Marlowe tries to enjoy his massage, he’s approached by a man who has hired him, and has a full agenda for the hard boiled detective. Philip is to escort valuable goods, and is to catch a flight out of town by the end of the day. Heading to his meeting point Philip finds a body. What’s he going to do with the pearls that he was to keep safe? Keep them safe, of course, if he can.
Marlowe begins to investigate a string of questionable characters. A recently fired secretary. Guys to get into fights with, and just enough intrigue to keep Philip guessing.
Who is Mr Ryan? Marlowe’s picturesque descriptions of his poking around provides some light on that topic. A conversation with his cop friend, Ybarra may have Philip checking out other trails. With a sudden brainstorm, Philip calls the characters together for a confrontation, and though he may put the finger on the bad guy, danger is ready to burst out.