Private detective Werner Zarkowski is executed in his car on the open road. With his last ounce of strength, he leaves a sign on the windshield: a lying eight – painted with his own blood. In his office, Inspector Berlin (Aglaia Szyszkowitz) and her colleagues Brehm (Rainer Strecker) and Wolfer (Hannes Hellmann) find Zarkowski’s wife (Margrit Sartorius). Completely out of her mind, she tries to destroy photos and a hard drive containing nude photos of her with another man. During the interrogation, she admits that she had big problems with her husband, because after their separation he wanted to get custody of their son. She denies the murder, but circumstantial evidence and motive speak against her.
Jenny and Brehm investigate a neighbor of Zarkowski, Rolf Bernstein (Gustav Peter Wöhler), with whom the detective was also at loggerheads. With his super-tele he photographed his porn productions through the window, in order to sell the photos as a story to an agency before the films could be on the market. To prevent this from happening in the future, the film crew pointed the camera right at Zarkowski’s office window. Can the raw footage of the films provide clues as to what went on there?
Forensics carries piles of Zarkowski’s folders into the police station. A jeweler’s business card catches Jenny’s eye – two intertwined rings. The manager Bernhard Coosen (Rüdiger Vogler) admits to having sent the detective after Kai Jensen (Max Urlacher), his son-in-law-to-be. He suspects the flight attendant of exchanging real diamonds for synthetic ones in his store. The reputation of the traditional company is at stake. Jenny doesn’t think Kai Jensen’s alibi for the night of the crime is entirely clean. She decides to put in an extra shift with Wolfer and Brehm to do the detective’s job: Surveillance of Jensen.
Alongside the regular crew Aglaia Szyszkowitz, Hannes Hellmann and Rainer Strecker, actors such as Rüdiger Vogler, Astrid Leberti, David Rott, Margrit Sartorius, Gustav Peter Wöhler, Max Urlacher and many others play. Carolin Wosnitza, better known as “Sexy Cora”, appeared in front of the camera in a supporting role. In early 2011, the erotic actress suffered a cardiac arrest during a breast augmentation and died. Cora had become known throughout Germany through her participation in the tenth “Big Brother” season.
The book for the 14th case “Einsatz in Hamburg – Der Tote an der Elbe” was written by Lorenz Lau-Uhle and Thomas Jahn (“Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” “Der Kriminalist”), who is also directing. Einsatz in Hamburg” is produced by Network Movie Hamburg, Jutta Lieck-Klenke and Dietrich Kluge. Daniel Blum is the ZDF editor.