A corpse hangs from the bridge on Prater Island, strange red characters on its stomach. The dead man turns out to be a patron of Jewish art, the characters the Hebrew word for “retribution”.
Shortly thereafter, Laim (Max Simonischek) learns of a blackmail letter to his mother (Gisela Schneeberger) signed with the same Hebrew letters. Laim, Simhandl (Gerhard Wittman) and their new colleague Johanna Fischer (Lavinia Wilson) search for the connection between the events. When further cases of blackmail are reported, it is clear that knowledge about Nazi crimes is to be turned into money. But who knows so much about the actors and profiteers of the expropriation of Jews in the Third Reich? And are the blackmailers also responsible for the murder on Prater Island? Laim investigates under high pressure and also has to face his own personal grudge against his own family.
In addition to Max Simonischek as Inspector Lukas Laim in the lead role, the cast includes Gisela Schneeberger, Gerhard Wittmann, Lavinia Wilson, Golo Euler, Fritz Karl, Bibiana Beglau and Katharina Müller-Elmau. Director Michael Schneider is staging the script by Lisa van Brakel and Jörg von Schlebrügge.
“Laim und die Zeichen des Todes” is a ZDF commissioned production by Network Movie GmbH & Co. KG, Cologne (producers: Bettina Wente and Wolfgang Cimera). Daniel Blum is the ZDF editor.