A penniless man named Fred Hornbeck approaches Mike asking him to find a murderer for him. Just released from prison, Fred served ten years for the murder on October 31, 1959 of Richard Kingman, a sugar baron, he says he did not commit, but which happened outside where he was living at the time with the murder weapon being his gun. He and Richard knew each other their entire lives despite their divergent paths. Fred admits that at the time he was a drunk, a womanizer and a squatter, making his conviction expedient for all concerned except him. Mike initially brushes Fred off, especially as Mike is not a detective, but decides to help Fred when in Mike's presence, someone tries to kill Fred by running him over. Fred also convinces him there is an insurance connection, as someone, probably now wealthy, would have collected on Kingman's life insurance moneys. Mike eventually learns that policy was in the amount of $300,000, Kingman's wife, Louisa, now remarried as society matron, Mrs. ...