Basin City is dark, dangerous and generally nasty sort of place where the women are either prostitutes or table dancers and the men are either vicious, brutal murderers or good-hearted, brutal murderers, according to the storyline.
Hartigan is an exception, though. He's a good cop, a real straight-shooter, about to go on early retirement on account of his bum ticker. His final case is one that's very important to him: saving the fourth victim of a sick, pederast rapist - the son of a senator. The victim in question: 11-year-old Nancy Callahan. After cornering the rapist, Hartigan is severly injured and betrayed by his ex-partner. When he wakes up in hospital, he's been shamed by the police academy and the city, and made to look like a pederast and a murderer. He spends eight years in prison and, when he finally gets out, goes on a search for Nancy. From that point on it's a race against time to see who will reach her first, Hartigan or the murdering rapists.
This report prepared by Tom McInnes