After a friustrating on a case that led nowhere, a dame walks into Marlowe’s office with a real job. A stolen piece of jewelry, a peacock with its head broken off, is a museum piece. Has it been swiped to cover gambling debts? Who is the natty man without eyebrows? A dame with a gun is no match for Marlowe, but how helpful will her information be? Confronting the gambling boyfriend, Mr Holder, a body has turned up, and danger explodes when bullets fly.
Time to call in the law to deal with the corpse, as Marlowe continues to put the pieces of the mystery together. Philip is beginning to doubt his client is telling him the truth. Now it’s a matter of trying to stay a jump ahead of the killer. What new clues might pop up to help Philip figure out where to turn next?
A trap is set to make a killer jump. Does Marlowe have all the twists in the story worked out? Will he be able to prevent yet another murder? In epilog, Philip shares all the secrets, and makes things right.