Cellini Smith returns! Los Angeles private detective Cellini Smith is hired by the pugs who frequent the Hangover Club to find the killer of Morton Miles, ex-champ and manager of the club. The pugs hope Cellini can pin the kill on the Terrible Turk, a giant wrestler who operates a bowling alley in town, and whom all the pugs hate. The Turk, in turn, has hired another private op to protect his own interests.
As all of the likeliest suspects turn up dead, Cellini learns that the players in this mystery have all been partners in a deal to ship scrap iron to Japan. It’ll take all of Cellini’s wits to unravel the plot and find the true murderer.
“[Reeves] can hold his own with the best, giving you as sharp and action-packed a story-line as any of them, brightened by vivid dialog and enlivened by the presence of Cellini Smith, who is unique among hard-boiled private eyes in being admittedly an intellectual—and tough enough to get away with it.”
— Anthony Boucher