A dame needs Marlowe’s help. The mystery deepens to involve a damaged car, a hit and run, and just exactly who is the man in the high collar? Gunshots lead to a rising body count, and the pressure for Marlowe is cranked up a notch.
Retracing his steps, Marlowe begins putting the pieces together. Secrets fall into Marlowe’s lap, and it becomes clear where his next step will be… right into the face of danger.
In epilog, the secrets are laid out for all to see. Oppressive hands of bullies had done their work, but after Philip broke the ccontrol and power struggles, he spends a few moments in retrospective thought at the new hope for his ballerina client.