After the mystical disappearance of Tom Gruneman his best friend a private detective John Klute starting his own investigation. The primary evidence in this case will become the memories of a prostitute Bri Daniel.
Her life rule is «the rules’ are there to be broken!». In same way living one of her clients who will become an important person in Toms investigation. During his searching Gruneman will find something very unusual in one of the police reports.
Klute is the first installment of what informally came to be known as Pakula’s «paranoia trilogy».