Pull up a chair and relax. We'd like you to meet Glenn Bowman, one of the toughest-and smartest- private eyes in New York. This time he's got himself involved in trying to keep alive the current heart-throb of Broadway-Pierre Dupray. Dupray is so certain that he's going to be bumped off between cocktail time and the time he boards the night plane for Hollywood that he is paying Bowman 2,000 dollars to keep him breathing.
There was poison in the glass-and it was the detective in the case who drank it! But for the attentions of a conscientious drug-store attendant there would have been one dark handsome stranger the less to spend his free time on blondes! Glenn Bowman had been asked by District Attorney Eric Webster to find his 18 year old son, who had vanished after being jailed for 28 days for dangerous driving.
The girl in the black velvet gown looked to be very drunk - she also looked to be in plenty of trouble... Bowman liked neither her type of escort not the way she was being manhandled into the sedan parked outside Morry's Bar. He like even less the smack on the jaw he got when he intervened. This is the start of a new, high-pressure adventure with a tremendous climax.
A Phone call for Bowman at two a.m.... A honeyed, velvet voice of invitation... A trip across town in the small hours...A grim discovery in a swanky apartment...From these tense beginnings, Hartley Howard-past-master of the suspense story-constructs a tight web of excitement, of sudden death, and of lovely women playing for high stakes in an onrushing tale that will keep you enthralled until the very last page.
Edwin Newsome was pretty worried about his brother's health - so worried that he hired Glenn Bowman to work his way into Harold Newsome's household to do some unofficial sleuthing. Harold was suffering from an obscure sickness, and though he's recently married a pretty girl much younger than him, Edwin didn't think it was just blonde fever! In fact, he suspects that the lovely Moira is taking a short-cut to wealthy widowhood by putting poison in her husband's food.