Lawyers … Chicago-based Private Detective Ron Shade has a cop’s inherent distrust of them, even though it’s been years since he was relieved of his badge. Still, when his old friend, Rick Walters, who happens to be a member of the bar, needs help doing the legwork for a wrongful death lawsuit, Shade reluctantly agrees. Then he finds out they’ll be going up against the preeminent attorney.
How much do you owe a past love? Ever wonder about it? Private Detective Ron Shade does when he bumps into his former lover, Paula Kittermann, late one lonely December night in a hotel bar. Paula had once been a major factor in Shade s life, but that was a very long time ago. Against his better judgment, he lets her back in, but when she's gone, without so much as a goodbye kiss.
It hasn’t exactly been a banner year for Chicago-based private detective Ron Shade. First, his main ladylove left for a new life in California. Then his faithful old Chevy turned over its second hundred thousand miles and died. Finally, Shade realized that his expensive downtown office was a luxury that he could no longer afford.
Mighty Doc Atlas and his crew are about to embark on a quest to eradicate a mysterious masked vigilante known as The Wraith. But the kidnapping of a prominent newspaper magnate's daughter brings the governor knocking on Doc's door with a personal request to assist in the investigation. Soon, Doc finds the two cases strangely intertwined. Can anyone come out unscathed?
Things couldn't be worse for Sergeant Frank Leal. He's assigned a homicide at a seedy motel that suddenly develops into a heater. Leal's regular partner, Olivia Hart, is reassigned to the SWAT team. He's also saddled with a college intern tweeting his every move and Hart's replacement is a rubber-gun-squad candidate who has conversations with a hand-puppet named Oscar.
Something's happening in the underworld of Cook County. Tensions are rising between two rival drug lords, and the streets are their battleground. Sergeant Frank Leal and his former partner, Olivia "Ollie" Hart, get involved when one of their informants turns up dead with his ear cut off. When one drug lord decides its time to eliminate the competition completely, the takeover becomes very hostile.
The case wasn't just cold -- it was ice-cold. But the murder of Miriam Walker had a pretty high profile in the middle of a tough re-election campaign, so the Cook County sheriff assembled a task force to get results... and put Sergeant Frank Leal on it. Leal is still getting over the death of his partner and some wounds of his own, both emotional and physical.
Private eye Ron Shade and news reporter Alex St. James star in their first adventure together. Shade is looking for Bob Bayless, a dead-and-buried executive who was recently spotted playing blackjack in Vegas, while Alex fights off the attentions of a creepy mortician who’s a little too eager to show Alex his backroom moves.