Chief Ironside is laid up with the flu so he's unable to answer the summons of a friend who was his training officer back when he was a rookie. The friend is now living in a small fishing village up the coast called Grant's Bay and Raymond Burr sends Don Galloway to help. But it's too late and the friend is dead and that seems to be an event that isn't unwelcome with a lot of the town's people.
Seems that the late Mr. Ollinger owned a pier that was standing in the way of a chemical corporation building a factory. Something a lot of people invested in and something that would yield some jobs to the community. But Ollinger was concerned about the environment as was the heiress whose family the town is named for. She died as well.
Lots of elements of the classic MGM film Bad Day At Black Rock as Galloway finds himself alone against a lot of the town. You'll be surprised though at who the murderer is in the end.
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