The main character, Detective Chief Inspector Konrad Simonsen, faces both life and murder
investigations on the basis of his morals. This sometimes has serious consequences.
He has a strong loyalty towards his employees, which ever so often clashes with his superior’s.
Also his private life is complicated, partly because he feels insufficient in relation to
his grown-up daughter, Anna Mia, and partly because of his new and intimate relationship with
one of his closest colleagues and employees, The Countess. The Countess, who is not noble, is
attracted to her boss, but is also trying to keep any intimate connection and personal attachment
in arm’s length, after having lost her son. Yet their relationship develops over the course of
the two first novels, and she is frequently helping Konrad out. The team further consists of
Arne Pedersen, whose marriage is on the verge of a breakdown, and who often seeks comfort from
Pauline Berg, a young female Officer whose great ambition is to prove her skills as an Investigator.
Both Poul Troulsen who is on his way to retirement, and not afraid to take harsh interrogation
methods in use, and computer expert Malthe Borup plays important roles in the investigations.
Some characters are occasionally replaced and “new blood” is added.