It's 1934, the depth of the great depression, but business is good for Martin McDonough, a private eye who is in the right place at the right time. There are plenty of unsolved murders in Saint Paul, a city with such a corrupt police force that it has become a haven for trigger-happy gangsters. McDonough is used to solving crimes the easy way, by persuading his copper pals to give him the low down. But when a newspaperman becomes the victim of a gang hit, and his pretty widow wants to know why, things get complicated. McDonough might end up dead, or worse yet, married.