Cardinal is a Canadian crime drama television series. The series is an adaptation of Giles Blunt‘s crime novels about police detectives John Cardinal (Billy Campbell) and Lise Delorme (Karine Vanasse) in the fictional city of Algonquin Bay.
John Cardinal (Billy Campbell) is a troubled and brooding police officer in Algonquin Bay, who was removed from the homicide squad due to chief Noelle Dyson’s (Kristen Thomson) belief that he was going overboard in his investigation of a missing Native Canadian girl. When the girl’s body finally turns up, he is reassigned to the case with new partner Lise Delorme (Karine Vanasse); what he does not know is that Delorme is being assigned to investigate him, as part of a federal police corruption probe which has identified Cardinal as possibly collaborating with a local drug dealer who has repeatedly managed to elude arrest. However, the investigation soon widens, when a new missing persons case with some similar patterns leads Cardinal to believe that a serial killer may be active in the area.