Nothing focuses the mind like being strapped to the electric chair.
Ellis P. York, a hardboiled private eye straight out of a Humphrey Bogart movie, leaves no wise crack unturned as he tells the tale of the night sultry Hellen Vergos stepped out of his past and into his seedy Hollywood office. The job: find her missing fiancé, the millionaire’s son and hard-partying playboy H.H. Ravenswood III.
Convinced by knockout curves and a hundred in cash, York takes the case. His elusive quarry doesn’t want to be found, but the question is why. Scheming golddiggers, menacing thugs, and anonymous phone threats don’t deter the detective. But when the missing heir turns up dead, York finds himself on the wrong end of a murder rap.
As York watches his last seconds tick away, the pieces of the puzzle remain a cockeyed jumble in his racing mind. But he’s about to get a 10,000 volt brainstorm…