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DCI John Luther is a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can't always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.
When an art dealer's wife is taken hostage, Luther leads a tense investigation. The hostage takers want payment in diamonds so, stalling for time, Luther substitutes a bag of replacement diamonds from the evidence safe. Luther and DCI Reed are on hand to arrest the gang members picking up the gems, but when everything starts to unravel Luther begins to suspect that even Reed has double-crossed him.
Framed for murder, the only person John Luther can turn to for help is Alice Morgan. As Luther plots with Alice, DCI Reed remains at the heart of the police team, quietly shoring up the evidence against Luther from within. Even Rose Teller, Luther's former stalwart supporter, now leans on Reed for emotional support and, when the murder weapon is found at the crime scene covered in Luther's fingerprints, Ripley's confidence in Luther wavers too.
Still plagued by the death of his ex-wife, Luther returns to work to face a surreal and nightmarish case of a masked murderer determined to enter into folklore. As the body count rises, Luther must use all his skills to stop the killer, at the same time trying to rescue an old acquaintance's daughter from the dangerous world of prostitution.
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