I need information, what do you know about who killed my partner?
I have some information, but I need something from you first.
The story begins in the present day as Steve Paul, a retired Private investigator begins to tell the story of his darkest case, back in the 1980s when he set out to find his partner's killer.
I know where you can find the guy. His name is Frankie.
The story flashes back to 1980 and through narration and a series of brief flashbacks the recent death of Steve's partner is revealed. He has quit the police force to become a private detective and sets out to find his partner's killer.
Steve begins his investigation by looking into the city's seedy underbelly. He meets with mafia boss Tony Vendo who offers information to Steve but he needs a favor in exchange and Steve agrees. After the job, Tony points Steve in the direction of the killer's favorite dive, where Steve can find him.
I don't think so
Yeah, I killed him, now go ahead arrest me.
Steve meets a girl who frequents one of the mafia's clubs and after meeting her in secret gets the name of his partner's killer and info on where to find him.
Steve tracks Frankie and his gang to an abandoned warehouse, the headquarters for their drug trafficking. Posing as a member of the mafia who works for Tony, Steve makes his way inside.
Steve makes his way inside, takes out the guard and then confronts Frankie. Frankie laughs at Steve and mockingly tells him to arrest him, Steve shoots him instead and the film ends with a cut to black.