Crime does not pay. Or, well, it might for a while, until your money’s gone. Then you’ll get your wife back. In pieces.
Unlicensed private detective Matthew Scudder (Liam Neeson) has been through some rough waters of his own. His reputation draws the attention of a drug trafficking kingpin, who wants to hire Scudder to track down the people responsible for kidnapping his wife. Against better judgement, Scudder accepts the job, leading him onto the trail of two misogynistic serial killers targetting women across the city. When things become more bleak in the process of bringing the culprits to justice, Scudder has the choice to make it a federal matter or join forces with the lesser of two evils: the aid of wealthy criminals, a drug addict and a young vagrant.