Although there's nothing to separate it from the myriad detective thrillers featuring a driven, cynical cop in pursuit of a taunting serial killer playing cat-and-mouse, the quality of writing in the source material shines though and is more than done justice by quality performances from the cast.
Titus Welliver gets a long overdue opportunity to take centre stage and provides a superbly balanced portrayal of a man who has learned to keep his temper on a short leash - but only just.
Other familiar faces - 24's Sarah Clarke, Walking Dead's Scott Wilson and The Wire's Lance Reddick amongst others - bring plenty of quality to keep their characters moving in and out of focus during the investigation. Shawn Hatosy and Annie Wersching prove equally adept at straddling the shadow line.
All in all an enjoyable if unsurprising crime thriller elevated to great by the cast and script.