In the initial chapters of NoseBound, you play as the character Ray Hammond, a private eye with a gritty past and unorthodox methods to pull off his job. The story takes you back and forth from the end to the very beginning. Players find out what happened, how it happened, and live the story.
The phone rings, you equip yourself with the basic detective gear and off to your office you go. You start the investigation, interrogate some contacts and snoop around, following clues. As soon as you poke your nose in deep enough, the big troubles begin. Troubles you confront with your wits or your guns.
You also play alternate characters: George Smithers A.K.A. Smithy, Hammond's friend who has disappeared under strange circumstances, and Mrs. Kovacks, la femme fatale -- the staple of all tales noir.