“SARA STEIN — FROM BERLIN TO TEL AVIV: THE COMPLETE SERIES”— A Force to Be Reckoned With

“SARA STEIN — FROM BERLIN TO TEL AVIV: THE COMPLETE SERIES” 

A Force to Be Reckoned With

Amos Lassen

 Sara Stein (Katherina Lorenz) is an Israeli criminal investigator and indeed, she is a force to be reckoned with. We finally get to meet her in a two DVD set from Omnibus that features four feature length mysteries. Sara comes from a Jewish family and had been working as an investigator in Berlin and she is proud to be independent. Her instincts are sharp and her judgement is sound and there enable her to solve cases. One recent case in which she investigated the murder of an Israeli DJ opened her mind to politics and religion and she was drawn to Tel Aviv where she works as a detective and facing new challenges. She works for truth and justice and she dreams about and hopes for peace.

The series goes by the name “Sara Stein – From Berlin to Tel Aviv” and is made up of four feature length movies:

  “Shalom Berlin, Shalom Tel Aviv” Sara goes to Berlin to investigate the murder of Tamar, an Israeli DJ and star of the Berlin club scene.  At first, suspicion is on Tamar’s Palestinian boyfriend Khalid and his family but Sara believes there could be more than just a religious or political motive at play.

 “Jewels in the Grave” is Sara’s first case in Tel Aviv and it appears that no one was awaiting her arrival. Her colleagues are Shimon Ben Godin and Ja’akov Blok.  She receives an assignment to investigate because her predecessor Noam Shavit, was found dead in his apartment suffocated with a plastic bag. Sara sees  parallels to a two-year old robbery. But was it the same perpetrator?

“Masada” is at the southern edge of the Dead Sea and it is a significant Israeli symbol. Following an explosion at the site, Chief archeologist Aaron Salzmann is found dead. When Stein and Blok investigate, they discover the deceased is the son of Avram Salzmann, a celebrated archaeologist who was also present at the blast but survived unhurt. Foul play is what it looks like but how many clues can Stein find in the rubble before it’s too late?

“Old Friends” begins with a severed hand discovered on the beach in Tel Aviv and it is the spark that links human trafficking, the special forces, and even Sara’s husband. Sara is has to investigate and unwind this vast criminal conspiracy.

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