Is cynical Amsterdam detective Piet Van der Valk’s favorite Vermeer painting the key to two senseless murders and a suspected kidnapping? In Episode 1, art, politics, and passion mix in a case that breaks in Piet’s new assistant and prompts discord with the police chief. Piet’s sidekick, Lucienne, courts death. Meanwhile, a bitter political campaign counts down to a fateful election.
In Episode 2, “Only in Amsterdam,” a Muslim worker at an addiction clinic is found dead. Evidence connects her to a library where she researched religious erotica—an interest she shared with a Catholic nun. Meanwhile, Piet helps Lucienne deal with a romantic break-up.
In Episode 3, “Death in Amsterdam,” an eco-fashion vlogger turns up dead during his video feed. Cloovers takes special interest in the case, which uncovers a bitter rivalry between two firms dedicated to ultra-green clothing. Piet and Dahlman confront the vengeful son of a corrupt cop that they previously put away.