Should Chicago reporter Melvin Moreland pursue a tip from shady informant Vance Oyler about a story that'll ``sink some heavy cruisers''? Better not, says an anonymous caller directing Mel's attention to his dead cat. But Mel won't give up, even after Vance and his brother John go the way of the cat; reluctantly joined by his cabbie friend Cooper MacLeish (A Long Cold Fall, Fear Will Do It), he hooks up a tape cassette missing from John Oyler's to a crowded field of big shots--including powerbroker Regis Swanson, zoning lawyer King Van Houten, and mayoral candidate Wilson Throop. But when rival TV reporter Christine Pappadikas jumps on the story, the cops don't even want to talk to Mel, except to ask him why he and Coop discovered both bodies. Chicago politics at its dirtiest. With so many sleazeballs running around loose, you'll be positively relieved by the final bloody holocaust.