Rookie detective Ed Cowley moved to the big city to further his career, but found his basic humanity put to the test as deeply as his policing skills. Initially unable to land a job as detective, he takes a position as beat-cop and is paired with an aging, hard-nosed veteran. Walking the beat, he quickly learns that enforcing the law can be a harsh and sometimes violent endeavor. After an injury sidelines his partner, he is promoted back to detective. And while trying to solve the murder of a young chemist, he struggles to find balance between the brutal and sometimes out-of-control methods used on the streets, and the slow and often frustrating procedures of detective work.
This report prepared by Herb Hasler