Steven Parnell, who was accused of murdering a number young girls the previous summer, is killed while in prison awaiting trial. Morse had not been involved in the case as he was on leave during most of that investigation. What piques Morse's interest is that one of the victims, Karen Anderson, was never found and it is assumed that her body was dumped in a nearby lake but Parnell confessed to his priest on his deathbed that he wasn't responsible for that particular murder. When one of the witnesses in the case, George Daly, is murdered, Morse and Lewis try to find some connection to Anderson's disappearance. They also wonder why Anderson's camera - she was an avid photographer - wasn't found. What they come across is a group of middle-aged men whose hobby is taking so-called glamour photos. The case takes an interesting twist when the body they do find in the woods isn't Anderson's, but a middle-aged male. Morse realizes that he got the whole thing wrong and the cause of the murder ...
Did You Know?
When Strange tells Morse that he doesn't want him "outside the tent" on this case, he is making an unexplained (and foreshortened) allusion to a famous remark made by Lyndon Baines Johnson when he was new in the office of President of the United States. Johnson was urged by many of his advisers to replace J. Edgar Hoover (who was nearing his seventies) as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. However, Johnson re-appointed him, explaining (privately) that he'd prefer to have Hoover "inside the tent pissing out than on the outside pissing in". See more
Towards the end, Morse desperately tries to contact Lewis, even phoning his home number. Earlier it is shown that Lewis has a mobile phone, but Morse does not appear to think of this possibility. See more
Detective Sergeant Lewis
Death would have been instant, would it not?
Chief Inspector Morse
"Occurred instantaneously", Lewis, or "was instantaneous" if you must. Coffee may be instant, death may not.
Dr. Laura Hobson, pathologist
Yes, Sergeant, it would have been instant.
String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10
excerpts from 1st and 3rd movements
composed by Claude Debussy See more