"What's wrong with me?" is the thought that crosses Stanley Hastings's mind when he gets his first paying client. Stanley has absolutely no interest in being a P.I., but hey, he needs to pay the bills. The novice P.I.'s first victim . um . client is Marvin Nickleson, an ex-husband on the rampage. Stanley's first job seems easy-just get a picture of Nickleson's ex-wife with another man-until . well . he finds her DEAD AS A DOORNAIL. The murder weapon? In Stanley's car, of course. Stanley's second case is to save his own hide. What will this aspiring-writer-turned-detective do?