The semi-nude body of a woman is found in a two-bit Hollywood motel, a telephone cord wrapped around her throat; face frozen in a grimace of horror. Al Roberts confessed and has spent the last 29 years in prison.
Jimmy O'Brien, defense attorney to the dregs of the criminal world digs into the past, igniting a powder-keg that threatens to expose long-held secrets buried and forgotten with Roberts' confession. Secrets that could destroy the underground aristocracy that for years has held power in Los Angeles, city of broken dreams. Jimmy's ordeal takes him from the bleakness of Roberts' prison cell to the seedy streets of Hollywood, frantically searching to find out who took this DETOUR TO MURDER.