Theodore ‘Teddy’ Hoffman is a highly-regarded defense attorney in a prestigious Los Angeles law firm. Having successfully defended the wealthy but suspicious Richard Cross in a much-publicised murder trial, he is now involved in the defense of Neil Avedon, a famous young actor who has been suffering from severe drug and alcohol problems – and has been charged with the murder for which Cross was acquitted.
Boston cop Pally is forced into early retirement, putting a strain on his marriage. Pally’s stepbrother, Ray, attempts to lift his spirits by tipping him off to a sure-bet racehorse. But their attempts to secure the champion equine are thwarted by a local mob boss, who steals the horse as repayment for a gambling debt. With their investment on the line, Pally and Ray become entangled in a web of underworld crime and murder.
Film cutter Katie Griffin is hopelessly in love with writer Richard Mannhart, and starts an affair with him. When Mannhart’s wife is killed in a road accident, Katie tells the police she thinks he’s tampered with his wife’s car. Being questioned Mannhart declares he’s innocent. Not only that, he also denies any amorous involvement with Griffin. As it is her word against his, both parties are pressed to back up their stories with hard evidence. Finally Katie comes up with some. End of story?
A secretary is found dead in a White House bathroom during an international crisis, and Detective Harlan Regis is in charge of the investigation. Despite resistance from the Secret Service, Regis partners with agent Nina Chance. As political tensions rise, they learn that the crime could be part of an elaborate cover-up. Framed as traitors, the pair, plus Regis’ partner, break into the White House in order to expose the true culprit.