The movie The Drowning Pool is a private eye thriller starring Paul Newman as private investigator Lew Harper. Harper is called away from his home in California to work on a case in Lousiana. A woman and former girlfriend named Iris hires Harper to find out who is blackmailing her. Soon after, Harper becomes involved in a power struggle between Iris and an oil tycoon named Kilbourne. The case quickly becomes more complex involving murder and revenge.
The film takes place in Louisiana bayou country.