This hard-boiled detective yarn begins with seething anger in Stevens, a gumshoe framed for a crime he didn't commit. He suspects his one-time partner Kreuger as the culprit but can't prove it. Moreover, police harass him as he attempts to reestablish himself in a profession that is at
best unsavory and dangerous. Added to his woes is a man in a white suit, Bendix, who dogs the private eye's trail. He and Stevens battle but Stevens can't determine why the man is dogging him. Only his faithful secretary Ball is supportive, as well as deeply in love with him. At one point Stevens
sums up his puzzling predicament, telling Ball: "I'm backed up in a dark corner and I do...