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After getting in debt to a couple running an upscale dice game, Paul Redmond is roughed up by their collections thug Murphy before disappearing. Murphy's a renegade private eye who lost his license and is now muscling in on the gambling racket. The wife of the missing Redmond hires Mike to find her husband.moreless
A psychoanalyst contacts Mike when one of his patients is blackmailed with a secret she'd revealed only in his office. Hammer finds the office has been bugged by a couple running a high-end dress shop. Mike and the doctor bait their trap with a false confession from a planted patient during a session and wait for the blackmailers to strike.moreless
Mike searches for the person behind a series of threatening events at an exclusive girls' prep school. Highcliff's new headmistress thinks someone is trying to make her look bad while one student claims that she's the real target of the attempted murderer.
Mike runs into Lori Richards, a woman he hasn't seen in years, working at a chic New York café. She tells him she may need his help, but is murdered before giving him details. His investigation leads to her employer, a Park Avenue society matron runninganescort service, and her greedy partners who are branching out into extortion.moreless
A newspaper reporter who writes fluff pieces is surprisingly gunned down by a hit man. Mike's only clue as to why anyone would want him dead are tickets the writer had to the Great White Way Dance Palace. With a woman reporter posing as one of the dancers, Hammer uncovers a scheme where young women are abducted and sold overseas.moreless
A group of American dancers is traveling to the 1958 World's Fair in Brussels. Mike checks on the gal who missed the flight and finds her dead in her apartment and her boyfriend on the scene. Though he denies killing her, he confesses she was going to smuggle a hot diamond overseas on his behalf. Thinking one of the other hoofers may have murdered for the jewel, Hammer heads to the Fair.moreless
A gypsy woman asks Mike to help her fiance, Carl, who's charged as an accessory to robbery and murder. She says he is only an unlucky witness, but Carl refuses to defend himself. Mike believes he's taking the rap for someone else and tries to get some clues from the man's brother, a bitter organ-grinder with a very smart monkey. The monkey, Banjo, saves Mike's life and is the key to the case.moreless