Les Ferron is one of those noir novel protagonists who has a double life. In one of them he’s a pure heel, a strongarm enforcer for a loan shark in New York City who accidentally kills one of the poor losers he’s supposed to be leaning on. That gives Ferron’s boss something he can hold over his head from then on, and Ferron doesn’t like that. So he creates a new identity and launches a plan to get rich and start a new life.
But when Ferron is satisfied his plan will work, he puts it in motion—and that means killing his loan shark boss and making sure “Les Ferron” disappears forever.