A huge and quite shady fellow named Louis poses the question, "So
how we doin'?" Charlie Parker, a PI with a gun that tends to go off
around folks fairly often, answers with his usual cheeky wit, "Same
as usual: dead people, a mystery, more dead people."
That pretty much sums up the plot in its simplest form. Don't let
that fool you, though; the plot is layers deep. It's not Charlie's
fault that people get hurt around him; it seems he has no choice.
Circumstances frequently conspire to make him shoot guys who
persist in pulling nasty weapons on him. And he runs into sticky
situations at nearly every turn.