As the evening grows late, a knock comes to the door of Philip Marlowe. Who’s the girl, and why has he been mistaken for a doctor? Marlowe sees through a murder, and the man who couldn’t take the risk to go to the cops himself. Philip agrees to do what he can, and soon runs up against a thug. Did the bruiser kill the dame? Or is he looking for Ilene for other reasons? Regardless, Marlowe ends up with a thump on the head.
Hitting the nightclub scene, a piano playing singer named Judy may hold some answers. Another dame, Miss Hammond, has the scoop on a rough gambling ring. Philip needs to stay a step ahead of the police if he wants to hold his ground in this chase.
The clock is ticking, and the killers are closing in on Marlowe’s client. Who else will be in the line of danger. Secrets come out, and Marlowe may be able to pull this caper off.
Racing to a confrontation with the killers, Marlowe gets his man. In epilog, after the dust has settled, hilip shares ll the details.