Ben Malone is a tough, streetwise, and freewheeling former LAPD detective turned private eye.
Amanda Gates, the wife of a California candidate for the U.S. Senate, pays Malone a visit. The woman who once had a checkered past confides to Malone that a thug she used to work with at a Los Angeles strip club is blackmailing her, threatening to reveal her past life to destroy her husband's political career.
Malone agrees to intercede with the blackmailer, but as he tries to find him, stumbles across a large stash of cocaine inside the blackmailer's apartment. Malone takes the drugs and turns the stash over to an LAPD narcotics officer.
In a bind with his supplier after the cocaine goes missing, the blackmailer tracks down Malone, and the real action begins.