A hardened, yet psychologically vulnerable, Swedish-born police detective in London struggles to deal with having witnessed the murder of his detective partner. He must come to terms with the loss whilst investigating her murder, helped (and sometimes hindered) by what he calls 'manifests' - the ghosts of both victims and criminals, including the shade of his partner.
Did You Know?
The character Thomas Cream - the "manifest" of John River's inner demons - is never given a name that is spoken. The poetic hallucination is named after (and closely resembles) nineteenth century serial killer Thomas Neill Cream, also known as the Lambeth Poisoner (and for a time rumoured to be Jack the Ripper), a reference to the character's unyielding attempts to poison River's mind. See more
Madness can bring its own kind of clarity.