At the end of an already too long day, Philip Marlowe’s next adventure is about to begin with an encounter with a blue eyed dame. miss Stewart is sure that her boyfriend is missing, but Philip isn’t so sure. Investigating his house, Agatha Lambrigger is a busy body of a neighbor with the dirt on the man next door, and the women who pour in and out his doors. Such noise, drinking, and carousing!
Over at Mr Howard’s house, Marlowe snoops inside when he findds an open door. leo comes calling, and clues point to involvement with the mob. After a thump on the head, Marlowe awakens in a closet, and with the sounds of the neighbor lady screaming. Is there a body in the yard, or not? Across town, Philip encounters another dame with ties to Dean Howard. Has he been set up for something?
Liz Stewart has been caught in her lies, but will she come clean with Marlowe? The plot to steal bonds is exposed, and Philip discovers that murder is definitely a part of it as well. There’s still a missing piece to the picture, and danger in store for Marlowe. . Another murder is afoot, but can Marlowe race across town in time to prevent it? In epilog, Philip shares how he figured it all out with the help of the overactive imagination of the nosy neighbor.