About Harry

HARRY opens on a melancholy DS Harry Anglesea who arrives back in Auckland from bereavement leave in Samoa to try and solve a brutal and pointless homicide committed by a young Samoan high on “P” - a drug currently infesting the city streets.

Harry’s return comes with a ‘mask of denial’: he is emotionally blocked by his wife Sina’s unexpected death and hasn’t a clue how to properly deal with it - or with his grieving teenage daughter, Mele, who needs his affection more than ever and misguidedly sees her father as “the cavalry coming to the rescue”.

Despite insisting to the world that all is well, Sina’s death takes such a toll on Harry (pain, grief, guilt) it forces him into a downwards spiral of drinking, sleepless nights and ever-increasing anger – an anger which will threaten the closest relationships around him.

Forced by police policy to undergo regular counselling sessions, Harry meets another obstacle in the form of psychiatrist, Dr. Boucher, who sees through Harry’s carefully constructed façade and refuses him a full operational clearance.

Compounding his troubles is the pressure at work. The pursuit of the murderers unexpectedly leads Harry and the Major Crime team to the door of a vicious motorcycle gang about to undertake the biggest importation of Contact NT (the precursor for making P) the city has ever seen.

The certainties in Harry’s world further erode when Professional Standards aggressively pursues him for police brutality – and at the same time the growing tension between father and daughter becomes too much…

When Mele provokes him one time too many, Harry snaps – only to discover the consequences of his anger may become the ultimate tragedy in his life