Classic thriller based on the novel by Roderick Thorp. The film stars Frank Sinatra as the tough-as-nails Detective Joe Leland. Called in to investigate the murder of Teddy Leikman (James Inman), the homosexual son of a well-connected department store mogul, Leland executes an open-and-shut investigation. He quickly elicits a confession from Teddy's crazy roommate, and the defendant is convicted and executed while Leland scores a promotion. But when the widow of an accountant seeks out the Detective to look into the circumstances of her husband's death, Leland uncovers some startling evidence implicating a corrupt New York City political machine.