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A math wizard-nerd's brain is being used by someone who promises he'll
have a sex life, too, if he continues to help them solve how to beat
the house in blackjack with some "system."
Working in pairs and having several math wizards from the local college into this gambling thing, proves fatal when one of them, "Penny Chai" is chased down and killed by the thugs in the private club.....or so it looked.
The leader of the group trying to obtain riches through cheating in gambling is so bold, so unafraid, that he actually walks into the police room at looks at material off Goren and Eames' desks during the lunch hour, trying to find out what the cops know about the killers and the gambling kids. That's when Goren knows he's up against someone who is totally fearless and a psychopath.
Goren and Eames discover the scam artists are up to much more, however, than "counting cards." The big payoff is rigging up a program to beat the horse races, fixing a race and then cashing in a longshot, but not being detected. It also about having an inside guy change the bets before they become officials. It's a little confusing, but it's all illegal.
The main focus is simply about this one guy "Ken Harris" (Ian Kahn) who is crazy, which is not an unusual theme in this successful television. Usually the last eight minutes of each show are devoted to Goren breaking down the suspect but this one covered 12-13 minutes. It was a fascinating ending.
If you remember both in Murder My Sweet and Farewell My Lovely both
Philip Marlowe and Moose Malloy are ambushed and as the Marlowe
character is ducking for cover behind parked cars, Malloy just goes out
and after the ambushers. In both films Marlowe remarks "fear just
wasn't built into his makeup."
That's about what Goren and Eames are dealing with in solving the murder of a young graduate math student Olivia Swan. She's part of a group of kids who are developing sophisticated gambling systems in order to win big money. The group is headed by Ian Kahn and like Moose Malloy fear just isn't part of him.
Which makes him a particularly dangerous foe and someone it will be a real challenge to break down and confess. Kahn performs one particularly brazen act and gets away with it, but it also lets Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe know exactly what they're dealing with.
Kahn is mesmerizing character and it's worth watching to see Goren and Eames go up against one of their most dangerous opponents.
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