The police investigate the disappearance of Mark Harrington who simply vanished on his honeymoon while shopping in Covent Garden. The Commissioner has asked Det. Chief Supt. Murphy to look intro the case as the man's father-in-law, William Thorpe, is a close friend. Murphy presses DCI Roisin O'Connor to take on the case. They arrest two street hustlers when one of them uses Mark's credit card but they don't believe they're up to murder. When the missing man's frantic wife puts up a reward for information, against police advice, she is bombarded with false leads. From CCTV footage however, they do focus on a man wearing a plaster cast on his left arm and who, according to one of the local vendors, wears a wig. Written by
Without a doubt "Trial and Retribution IX" is the best of the series to date. Superb contributions by all concerned. This episode is unmissable. Miss La Plante goes from strength to strength. Her characters are so utterly believable and her killer here exudes so much evil (with a smile), that I couldn't help shuddering, and I'm a hardened thriller and "whodunnit" freak. She also manages with complete ease (which must be irritating for lesser writers), to put into context the plights of both police and victims alike, and highlights what a difficult job our guardians of law and order have.
The lady is such a genius of the genre, (and if she'll forgive the slightly sexist remark) the best master-craftsman of the day. If there is a down side to the production, it's only a personal one. I do so hate the use of split-screen camera work. Happily in this case it wasn't too irritating. I'm given to understand that "Trial and Retribution X (The Sins of the Father)" is currently in production, so I look forward to its screening with relish.
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