Hyper efficient and straight laced cop Nicholas Angel is so successful in his crime fighting endeavors that he is making the rest of the department in his London police station look bad. As a consequence he is reassigned to a sleepy little borough called Sandford, known for its idyllic nature and incredibly low crime rate.
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As a by-the-book cop Angel is appalled at the lack of discipline in his new precinct, and also their lax attitude towards petty crimes. However despite managing to fill his first days with cleaning up things like underage drinking and other small misdeeds he soon finds that Sandford is indeed extremely quiet and crime free, making him feel lost and useless.
Disliked for his attitude he does manage to make friends with fellow police constable Danny Butterman, the son of the chief, who is impressed with Angel's toughness.
When a series of apparent accidental deaths occur, Angel becomes convinced that they were in fact murders, and he finds himself at odds with the rest of the department and most of the village. He questions the likelihood of so many bizarre deaths but the powers that be are dismissive and more interested in the upcoming Village of the Year competition.
Angel continues investigating with Danny's skeptical help, but finds official dismissal and dead ends at every turn, Angel persists and eventually goes to the chief with a new theory; there are multiple killers working together. The chief explains once more that Sandford is crime free, and that he is suffering from delusions. He says it is common for reassigned big city cops; they simply cannot adjust to the slower pace and invent crime to keep their mind busy.
Angel wonders if he really is losing touch with reality, until he is attacked in his hotel room that evening. He overpowers the killer and takes his walkie talkie, overhearing a familiar voice on the other end. That's when he realizes that Sanford is hiding a bigger secret; there is a whole conspiracy behind the murders.
Best part of story, including ending:
It's a great parody of your typical cop movie.
Best scene in story:
When Angel and Danny finally arm up and ride out for the final confrontation.
Opinion about the main character:
Angel is genuinely a guy who needs to chill out, but he does so admirably.