P.I. Joe Mannix (star of a eponymous TV detective series) is brought to friend Mark with a mild flesh wound after a shooting outside the Hall of Records, while re-investigating the Lou Reynolds murder (Mannix episode "Little Girl Lost", 1973), about incriminating tapes from 25 years ago. Unfortunately, Joe's X-rays show a life-threatening cardiac risk, so Mark decides to 'help' his investigation. His client, Lou's daughter, TV reporter Tina Reynolds, is determined to solve this case now that she has moved back to L.A. from Florida, but the killer, who wears a police academy ring, proves quite deadly, fatal for witness Stella, who sold Lou the tapes, but possibly kept some back for blackmail, which would explain her apparent affluence without matching income. Written by
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The title refers to "hard-boiled" which is a classical description of the private detective who has seen lots of trouble (crimes, death, domestic problems, etc.) and he no longer outwardly reacts to it. See more