"The Heart of the Matter" tells the story of a good man enmeshed in love, intrigue, and evil in a West African coastal town during World War II. Scobie is bound by strict integrity to his role as assistant police commissioner and, as a devout catholic, he is unhappily married but feels duty-bound to fulfill the needs of his wife Louise, for whom he cares with a fatal pity.
When Scobie falls in love with the young widow Helen, he finds vital passion again yielding to pity, integrity giving way to deceit and dishonour — a vortex leading directly to murder. As Scobie's world crumbles, his personal crisis makes for a story that is suspenseful, fascinating, and, finally, tragic.
Dramatised in two parts by John Harvey from Graham Greene's 1948 novel, "The Heart of the Matter".