Abel Gunther a small-time Haitian sugar-cane grower, blames the death of his wife on the spirit world. He has a more practical explanation for another of his worries - his cane fields have been leveled by fire.
Gambling man Paul Mitchell and the son of an American diplomat in Acapulco, is shot and wounded while leaving his home.
Racketeer Joe Cully is out of jail on bail - half a million dollars. Not long afterwards, Cully's car explodes, the body found in the demolished auto can't be identified - and Joe Cully is nowhere to be found.
Ballet dancer Nico Belurin escapes from a home for the mentally ill after vowing to kill his old dance partner. The partner hires Gunn to track down Nico before Nico gets to her or her current boyfriend, a gangster, kills Nico.
The gun used in a murder of a drug dealer is found in the possession of a teenager, and family friend Peter volunteers to help clear his name.
Peter receives a call from cabbie Eddie Webb who sees a taxi-dancer being kidnapped by two gangsters. He uncovers the connection between Ruth Millard, a dental nurse turned dance hall girl in an attempt to elude big-time mobster Frank Benedict and things seem rather remote until Pete learns that the truth comes out easily as a tooth when sodium pentathol is the lever.
A royal visitor, King Felix, is visiting the city and it's Jacoby's job to escort him through the city jail.
A bank cashier makes off with a lot of cash then phones Gunn about it.
A young boy, Sepi Toreno, tells Gunn that he saw his father beaten up during the night. But when Gunn calls the police, Sepi disappears.
Detective Eddie Sellers comes close to solving a two-million dollar robbery and pays with his life. His brother Cal, also a detective, is afraid he's next.
The manager of teen idol Bobby Jeeter hires Gunn to deliver money to a blackmailer. Gunn then learns of a possible connection between the blackmailer and the murder of Doris Rainey, who was the hatcheck girl at the club where Jeeter is currently performing.
Wealthy sportsman Harley Bernard would like to know who murdered his stable manager. At first Gunn suspects Frank Rousseau, a gangster who once tried to get Wally to fix a race. The next suspect is a seven-foot giant who tries to strangle Gunn. After being rescued by Lt. Jacoby, Gunn visits TV exercise personality Jack LaLanne who identifies the tall man as the "Great Gorza."moreless
While coming home on the bus, Edward Hines fears that he may be the next victim after he witnesses a man in an apartment strangling a woman.