Overweight, soft-hearted TV newsman Bob Christopher (who has appeared before in paperback only) seems the only straight arrow on California's Channel 3. Everyone else is into pornography, pimping, drugs, blackmail, or just plain stealing. Small wonder, then, that raddled, religious cleaning-woman Irma O'Donnell is killed (accidentally, say the cops) after telling Christopher that she feared for her life. What was her connection with randy anchorman Al Aarons, or news director Herb Reisner? And where does gorgeous soap-star Susan Arthur fit in? Christopher slogs after the answers through a week of sweeps ratings, California downpours, and more murders--coming up with the solution in hand-to-hand combat with the murderer. Busy, jumpy, and uninvolving--but likable Christopher is worth bringing back in a tighter, more coherent outing.