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The central character is Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope. Who is obsessive about her work and driven by her own demons. If she's lonely she doesn't show it and faces the world with caustic wit, guile and courage. Her trusted and long suffering colleague is Sergeant Joe Ashworth. Together they approach every new case with unparalleled gusto and professionalism. Written by
Vera investigates the death of an ex-police officer
When a man is stabbed outside a pub, Vera and Joe are brought in. They don't know who he is. They take his car keys and find a car that "beeps" and find a lot of money in the trunk.
It turns out he was an ex-policeman, John Warnock, who worked at a family owned brewery, the family of his sister's boyfriend, Sam Hooper.
Initially the abusive husband of John's old flame Lisa is arrested, but he has an alibi -- he was committing a robbery at the time. Then Vera finds out that John was actually hired to spy on the family because a firm wants to buy it. When John couldn't come up with anything useful, he was fired. It was not the source of the money they found.
John, Vera and Joe decide, must have been blackmailing someone, and that someone killed him. As is often the case, there are too many suspects.
Good episode, which ends the last season that is available at present on streaming or DVD. One of the reviews complained that Blethyn is over the top and that the stories are "dreary." I think Blethyn is a tremendous actress and that she has created a very strong yet vulnerable character here. The stories, yes, are dark and realistic, dealing as they do with middle and lower class people. I think it's an excellent series. I wouldn't want to sit around watching this and "Wallander" all day, but I do love it. The mood of the stories matches the stark surroundings. Well done.
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