A young woman is found cruelly murdered. When inspector Vincent Ruiz (Juergen Maurer) asks the renowned Hamburg psychiatrist Dr. Johannes “Joe” Jessen (Ulrich Noethen) for help in the investigation, Jessen recognizes parallels: The injuries of the murder victim are frighteningly consistent with the violent fantasies of his patient Robert Mohren (Nikolai Kinski). Is Mohren his first patient with whom he must break confidentiality? Is there a threat of further acts of violence if he doesn’t? Or must he keep this fear to himself? When Jessen finally confides in Inspector Ruiz, he has no idea that this is part of a perfidious plan – and that not only his own life is in danger, but also that of his family. In order not to lose everything, he is forced to investigate on his own.
The screenplay is based on the thriller “Adrenalin”, the first part of a best-selling thriller series by Australian author Michael Robotham. The successful directing duo Cyrill Boss and Philipp Stennert (“Das Haus der Krokodile”) have taken on the production, showing not only Ulrich Noethen but also the city of Hamburg from a previously unknown side. “Neben der Spur: Adrenalin” is produced by Network Movie, Hamburg. Producers: Jutta Lieck-Klenke, Dietrich Kluge. Producer: Anne-Lena Dwyer. The editorial office at ZDF is headed by Daniel Blum.