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The Sinner is an American drama television series based on the novel of the same name by Petra Hammesfahr. The series was ordered on January 17, 2017. The USA Network eight-episode limited series premiered on August 2, 2017 and concluded on September 20, 2017.
Cora Tannetti, raised by religious zealots, is now married to Mason and mother of a toddler. The marriage is strained by Mason’s attachment to his mother, who lives on the same property and watches her grandson while Cora and Mason work at the family business. At the lake with her husband and son, Cora attempts to drown herself but changes her mind.
She then sees an amorous couple kissing and uses a paring knife to repeatedly stab the man, Frankie Belmont, killing him. Detectives Harry Ambrose and Dan Leroy are assigned the case. With Cora’s confession, Dan views the case as closed, while Harry wishes to learn why she committed a random murder. He must hurry, as she is soon to be arraigned in court.