Tobin (no first name), redheaded, hot-tempered, short, four times married, and Richard Dunphy are movie critics on Peeps, a lively, popular TV show, the only success of Emory Communications, owned by handsome, nerdy Frank Emory. Dunphy has been refusing to sign a new contract; Tobin's affair with Dunphy's wife Jane is winding down; and the two men have had a violent fight on the air--so when Dunphy is stabbed to death, Tobin is detective Huggins' number-one suspect. But unarrested for the moment, Tobin starts his own hunt for the murderer and turns up plenty of candidates. Blackmailing loony Harold Ebsen swears that Dunphy's recently sold screenplay was stolen from him; agent Michael Dailey is hiding something besides his hot new affair with Jane Dunphy; and then there's Frank Emory's overambitious wife Dorothy with axes to grind. Even film student Marcie Pierce, Tobin's newest bedmate, has a few secrets. A second killing brings Tobin to the culprit, but, unfortunately, means and motive are clumsily unconvincing. When Gorman's plots (Rough Cut, etc.) match his crisp, unforced, zingy style, he'll have a winner. This isn't it.