Get this, and get it straight! Crime’s a suckers road, and those who travel it wind up in the gutter, prison, or the grave.
A rare ruby is missing, and the fair young French lady claims she knows who stole it. Going on a lead from Charlene, Marlowe finds himself on the seedy side of town, talking to a guy named Chalky, and the recipient of a thump on the head.
After following a string of characters, a body is turned up, and the possible killer could turn out to be Marlowe’s client. Did she do it? Who else would want the man dead? What is the next move for Philip, right after notifying the cops of the body?
The clues are stacking up, and Marlowe knows where to head to confront his killer and jewel thief. The story is out, but there’s still some unsettled business for Marlowe.