A complex material that points to the colonial era. And then it's fun to watch Inspector Leander Lost investigate.

A man stands on a grill and reads a book.

Leander Lost (Jan Krauter) turns to the “Compendium of nonsense phrases” for a better understanding Photo: Mariella Koch/ard degeto

How to visualize the inner life of a person who lives with Asperger syndrome, a variant of autism? For example: Leander Lost is a German Europol commissioner who ended up in Fuseta, a town on the Algarve coast, in the south of Portugal. In nearby Faro he is part of a small police station. Lost has a photographic memory and lightning-fast deduction skills. He uses it for identification work, but also for private purposes: Lost has to learn to “read” the nuances of human communication as well as irony, empathy and love. Because Lost wants to be a father: the scenes surrounding this problem alone are worth the movie.

Lost uses his skills when he wants to respond to someone with a sentence. Then you can watch as he pauses briefly and mentally scans page after page of a book he has read once and can no longer forget. The pages simply move across the picture until Lost approaches a line with a saying that always seems out of place: “But you haven't changed at all!” This is visually well done and fun too.

Leander Lost is the main hero of “Lost in Fuseta”, a series of detective novels published by Holger Karsten Schmidt under the pseudonym Gil Ribeiro since 2017. A first two-part series with Jan Krauter was broadcast on ARD in September 2022. the main role of the inspector with Asperger's syndrome. And now a new two-parter arrives. Anyone who knows the books, like the author of this column, will recognize Jan Krauter as a likable cast. He's fun to watch precisely because he's different from his neurotypical colleagues. This is exactly what is talked about most often. For example, when Lost insists that he is a flawed person and a colleague responds that Lost is an asset.

About the plot: First, Teresa, a Lost colleague, disappears. At the same time, a man named Ricardo Torres travels to the country; a young man, noticeably nervous. They both come from Angola, which was once a Portuguese colony. Torres quickly becomes the focus of investigators; He stays at the apartment of Teresa's neighbor, Pedro Lino, and behaves strangely. What the inspectors still don't know: Pedro's wife and daughter have been kidnapped. Ugh, you really have to be careful, this is not a boring Thursday thriller. Because another story is added when a journalist from Angola arrives. She plans to expose a scandal during a speech in the Portuguese parliament. An assassination attempt is supposed to get them out of the way. A real game of cat and mouse begins, with a truly exciting ending.

“Lost in Fuseta – A Portuguese Police Thriller: The Trail of Shadows”, two parts in the ARD media library

Everything is professionally organized, the characters are well drawn (not just Lost). Three hours is appropriate for complex material. And the narrative thread is frankly innovative, pointing to the ignominious colonial period and a secret society – called the “shadow” – that ensures that the former Portuguese elites of the colonial period can continue to enrich themselves in Angola (for example, with development aid money ). ). Let's imagine a story like this in the “crime scene” based on the German colonial period.