The soft-hearted title character, Alphonse Joseph Bressio, is a hard-boiled legal investigator hired to look into some strange goings-on in an off-limits Greenwich Village loft. Is Mary Beth Cutler's government-agent paranoia justified? Has her pusher boyfriend L. Marvin Fleish progressed to the hard stuff? Fat Al soon finds himself in a tight squeeze when he's caught in a power Flay between distant Family relatives and overzealous narcs. So brisk and wacky you may not notice this is a near-miss.