A rich old woman has collected a group of misfits around her, dreaming that her act of kindness will change their lives. Cal discovers someone is trying to poison her, but who, and more importantly, how?
A family approaches Rex and Cal when they become concerned about a series of voodoo symbols that have been delivered to their home. The family think it is just mischief, but Cal's knowledge of Voodoo suggests far more sinister motives are in play.
Sgt. Al Bogart does a favor for Cal Calhoun and in return wants Calhoun to return the gesture. It's a shadow job on a crook named Sid Lucas. Bogart wants no questions asked and no other cops involved. Cal is puzzled but because of Bogart's sterling reputation as a steady, reliable desk cop he accepts the job. Bogart wants to be in on one great headline grabbing arrest before his retirement and he is convinced Lucas can lead him to Taylor Ferguson...a bar owner who's cheating the IRS. At least that's the story he tells Calhoun.
Cal Calhoun, when he was a police detective, arrested a man for murder. Six hours before the man is to be executed, Calhoun is convinced the man is innocent. Calhoun makes progress and is on the verge of cracking the case when he realizes he's also the victim of deceit. The clock is ticking and Calhoun may lose his own life before he can save the prisoner's life.
A girl runs away from a girls' school to see her estranged father. The father turns out to be Big Tom Lanza, a prominent mobster. Lanza's enemies try to turn the situation to their advantage. Cal Calhoun has been hired to track down the girl but finds himself in the middle of more than he bargained for. Calhouns soon fins not only the girl but her principal are in peril -- and he may not survive the case, either.
Rex is asked by Jan Dennison to help find her brother Brad. Brad has been involved with Mara, owner of a casino and who has shady connections. The father of Jan and Brad is one of the wealthiest men in Louisiana, and is certain to disown Brad if he learns of Brad's relationship with Mara. It turns out Brad went to see Mara on her privately owned island -- where she has been hosting (for a $50,000 fee) two hoods who've pulled off a $250,000 bank robbery. Rex and Jan need to find Brad as Hurricane Teresa is bearing down on Louisiana -- and moving up the Mississippi ...