The dark, sinister crime novel of a bygone era, portrayed so convincingly in the works of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, has made an impressive resurgence. This novel follows in the footsteps of these trailblazers, featuring a bulldog P.I. out to foil saboteurs in war-time Los Angeles. Based on an actual historic event involving major corporations, the story unravels the probable motivations of the bad guys. Here is all the magic that was Hollywood a few decades ago-- the blondes, the weasels, the innocents and the abusers. In the middle of a war, people squeezed a lot of good times into whatever time they had left. Nick Black, excop turned P.I., got sucked into the maelstrom and found himself playing hide-and-seek with the Grim Reaper.