Can we admit that the 80's sucked? I realize that you may have some nostalgia for the period, but objectively there was a lot of crap going on during the 'Me' decade. Elmore Leonard is a great writer, but the best adaptations have been in the past decade or so. The movie is sleazy, but on the other hand you do get to see Kelly Preston nude.
A precursor to Fatal Attraction, where the indiscretions of the protagonist throw his life (and his marriage) into chaos. Here, the moral punishment takes the form of a blackmail plot; his penance more a Death Wish-like cry of vengeance propelling him down a road to murder and degradation. It's powerful, often squalid stuff, but elevated by Frankenheimer's muscular direction and the fierce determination of Scheider.
Solid 80s crime thriller is a decent Elmore Leonard adaptation (Leonard co-wrote the screenplay). Strong performances by a capable cast and John Frankenheimer's sure-handed direction get it through a few cheesy and dated elements (including an irritating synth score by Gary Chang). Nothing extraordinary, but a satisfying genre effort.