Adams is contacted by a woman trying to establish if her husband is still alive. He agrees to sail to the area where he was last seen. But things are not as expected and Adams suddenly finds himself battling for his own life.
Dan Adams visits a friend in a quaint fishing village to enjoy a restful vacation, but instead he stumbles upon a murdered woman's body. His investigation meets violent resistance, which only spurs Dan on to uncover the killer.
A distinguished but heartbroken socialite commits suicide and her sister attempts to cover it up and pin a murder rap on an innocent man. Dan Adams is summoned to San Francisco to sift fact from fiction and solve the case.
Dan is in Mexico City to attend a funeral and quickly uncovers a tangled web of deceit and violence. Is the dandified police detective dogging Dan's trail a friend or foe? As the clues mount, so does Dan's determination to crack the case.
Dan tangles with a wildcat when he meets Nancy, a mentally disturbed woman who hates everyone and wants everyone to hate her back. An offbeat investigation ensues as Dan discovers the origins of Nancy's seething hatred.
A naïve Chinese beauty pageant contestant disappears soon after attempting to sell her family's antique collection of miniature Buddha statues. A concerned friend of the family hires Dan Adams to locate the girl and the art treasures.
Harry Matthews, a criminal Dan Adams helped put away, is out of prison and gunning for Dan. Believing the best defense is a good offense, Dan scours the city searching for Harry, and uncovers much more than he bargained for.
Spoiled rich kid Chip Tyson runs down an elderly pedestrian and flees the scene for reasons bigger than just fear. He concocts an alibi and enlists an accomplice in his cover up. Dan Adams arrives to unravel Chip's tangled web of deception.
Dan travels to New Orleans to help a compulsive gambler rein in her addiction and avoid jail time. A murder attempt with three likely suspects keeps Dan busy in the Big Easy, visiting gambling joints and used bookstores in pursuit of clues.
Dan is hired by a former American gangster, now living in London, to guard his lovely daughter because of threats made against her well-being. Dan's job is made more difficult because the father won't talk to the police or allow his daughter to know either about the threats or that he's hired a bodyguard to protect her. After rescuing the young woman from acid-wielding thugs, Dan wonders if the older man really retired from his criminal career as he claims.
Adams is called in when two attempts are made to kill film star Belinda Daley. However, he soon begins to suspect that she may not be quite the innocent victim she seems, and that, in fact she may well be a killer herself.