A police officer is murdered with a bayonet while staying in hospital. The investigative team, lead by Martin Beck, soon discover that the man had frequently abused suspects as well as civilians but that any complaints had been ignored owing to the misguided loyalty of his colleagues. The volatile mind of the killer means that Beck has to resolve the case quickly before more people are hurt.
A thriller set in turn-of-the-century Helsinki, Stolen Death uses elements of German expressionism to tell the story of Finnish resistance fighters smuggling arms to overthrow the Tsarist occupiers of Finland. Tapiovaara stresses the divided loyalties of the Finnish bourgeoisie, torn between preserving their privileged economic position and taking a risky stand for an independent Finland.
Harry is a rich dentist who often brings women up to his rural lakehouse. One weekend, he invites Diane, a former fashion model. On their way to the house, Diane runs a gang of thugs off the road. Humiliated, the thugs track down the couple for revenge.
In this thriller, a man committed to an asylum for choking a woman with a scarf breaks out to prove his innocence. The trouble is, he doesn’t realize that he is innocent until he meets a woman wearing a scarf like the one he supposedly used to commit the crime.
Set within a seaside villa, a group of children spend most of their days watching violent television shows while under care of a nanny. One day they all go to the beach. The nanny dozes while they frolic. For a joke, they load the snoozing servant into a rubber raft and set her out to sea. She panics when she wakes up and ends up drowning. The kids do try to save her, but when they fail they decide to run wild instead of reporting the incident. The death means nothing to them until a threatening stranger appears and tells them he witnessed it all.
After the suicide of her friend and employer, who has been teaching her to be a detective, Cordelia Gray takes over his business and begins an investigation of the apparent suicide of the son of a businessman. When the suicide turns out to be murder, what she discovers disrupts the entire family and puts Cordelia’s life in danger.
City girl Renee is enjoying a jog in the peace and quiet of the Canadian Rockies when she suddenly finds herself being chased by a crazed mountain man named Vern. Try as she might to escape, Vern soon catches her and takes her away to his remote cabin hideout. All may look lost for Renee, but Joe, his outdoorsman father, is determined to come to her rescue.
A populist right-wing tabloid newspaper tries to derail the official police investigation of a brutal murder of a young girl in order to help the fascist and right-wing candidates it supports in the upcoming elections.