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In the dark days of the 1930s Depression, veteran detective Jack Dunning loses both his wife and his position with the Boston Police Department because he can't keep the cork in the bottle. He hops a bus to California and signs on with the Santa Paulina Police Department as a consultant. On a dark, stormy night he finds salvation and a fresh beginning in the arms of a beautiful, young, dime-a-dance girl, Angel Doll. When she vanishes after shooting a local gangster, Axel Teague, Jack is torn between love and duty. Does he go to Los Angeles to find Angel, or stay where he is and work his current case: the mysterious disappearance from the local shantytown of an innocent teenager, Louise Crowley? Can he find a way to do both before it's too late? Great noir reading from a major talent.