Chapters 1, 2 and 3
* Trahearne's ex-wife has hired Sughrue to find him.
* Sughrue finds Trahearne at a bar in California.
* An argument at the bar ensues, in which Trahearne gets shot.
* Rosie, the bar's owner, and Sughrue concoct a story for the police.
* Rosie hires Sughrue to find her missing daughter, Betty Sue.
* Sughrue believes Betty Sue to be dead.
* Sughrue visits Trahearne in the hospital.
Chapters 4, 5 and 6
* Sughrue visits Charles Gleeson, Betty Sue's former drama teacher.
* Gleeson tells Sughrue he saw Betty Sue in a porn movie in San Francisco..
* Sughrue recalls the torture experience in Vietnam and relates it to his discharge.
* Sughrue visits Albert Griffith, the young man Betty Sue was with on the night she disappeared.
* Griffith confesses he still loves Betty Sue.
* Sughrue contemplates his "mean streak."
* Sughrue and Trahearne go to San Francisco together.
Chapters 7 and 8
* Professor Richter shows Sughrue the porn film with...
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