An ex-cop turned P.I. says he came across a man who was stabbed. But the man he says was stabbed is identified as a wealthy businessman McCabe knows who turns out to be alive. McCabe thinks he was inebriated but Jake who knows his reputation tries to help him. They think it might have to do with one of the man's businesses weapons. So Jake goes undercover as a weapons dealer.
When a friend of McCabe's, a writer is found dead of what appears to be a suicide, he tries to find if he really did. It seems that the man hasn't written anything for ten years. And the man's agent tells him that he was writing a new book a roman a clef. The writer's secretary who has a copy of the book gives it to McCabe and learns that he uncovered some kind of fraud perpetrated by a mayor and a woman. So he sends Jake to find out if it's true.
Someone plants a bomb in Jake's car and his girlfriend is injured. Jake then gets a note from the person saying he's not done yet. But upon examination of the note, Jake thinks that the person is a woman, so he tries to run down every woman he arrested.
While in the midst of a murder trial, a man comes forward claiming to be the actual murderer. McCabe is incredulous about his claim but decides to look into it. And despite more evidence turning up against McCabe is doubtful that he did it.
Some pickpockets snatch the wallet of a hit man which contained who his next target is. When one of them wants to tell the police, the leader nixes it. When the guy is killed, McCabe sends Jake to join their team to find out what they know.
Ethel Mae Haven is a feisty bail bonds woman, who personally tracks down anyone who skips on her. A guy whom she bailed out who was charged with murder and is being prosecuted by McCabe, goes on the run. She finds him and he claims to be innocent. For some reason she believes him and sets out to prove it.