Who can you trust when you can’t trust yourself?
Jamie Collins. 33 years old. A drug squad cop with
a taste for Irish whiskey and good cocaine, Jamie’s
been riding the coattails of his extended family his
entire life in the force. He’s a ladies’
man, a reprobate, a child. He’s a mess.
When – bent on revenge – Jamie drunkenly
crashes his squad car into a dealer who’s done
him wrong, his cousin and boss, clean-cut Patrick
Lehane, steps in to his rescue. It’s time for
Jamie to clean up his act. Time to sit it out someplace
safe, someplace calm. Someplace no one will look for
him. Jamie Collins gets transferred. To Internal Affairs.
While Jamie takes advantage of his new-found powers
in IA, Patrick uses his power as head of the drug
squad to clean up other messes, including a crystal
meth operation run out of a biker bar. Desperate for
a large scale bust that might lead to a promotion,
Patrick begins a relationship with a notorious mobster
and makes a series of bad choices that eventually
leads to the death of one of his undercover cops –
Jamie’s former partner.
Jamie vows to solve his friend’s murder, but
Patrick is desperate enough to do whatever it takes
to stop his cousin from uncovering the truth…Wives,
children and morality be damned.
A four-part, one-hour mini-series, WOULD BE KINGS
tracks the fall – and rise – of Jamie
Collins, a bad cop who turns out to be very good at
his job. And it tracks the rise – and fall –
of Patrick Lehane, a good cop and a family man who’s
drawn into a terrifying criminal compromise.
It’s the story of a family – a son, a
cousin, an uncle, their wives, their lovers, and their
children – set within the larger family of a
big, dirty, urban police force. It’s a story
of crystal methamphetamine: speed, power, money and
dealers. It’s a story of undercover officers
who risk everything. It’s a story of bikers
and of mobsters, and the ambitious cops who make blood-soaked
deals with them. It’s a story of greed, truth,
corruption and betrayal, set in suburban backyards
and daughters’ birthday parties; downtown streets
and backroom bars.
It’s the story of a reluctant hero. And a good
guy who makes a fatal mistake.