在这个故事中，米尔斯和萨默塞特试图抓住连环杀手Doe。米尔斯是一个菜鸟警察，萨默塞特是一个有很多情感问题的老警察。这个角色试图杀死他们的七个恶习(Browing 85)。他的每一次杀戮都有一个中心主题。能源部对社会的自满和社会对这些邪恶价值观的接受感到厌恶。每个杀人事件都是针对某个人的某一种恶行。能源部认为这是人们生活的社会的象征。社会成员对社会的每一种恶习都已变得可以接受(Browing 87)。能源部认为，社会正在沉溺于这些恶习，而忽视了它对社会的影响。由于这一点，能源部感到他已经采取了一种高尚的追求，通过杀死这个人来消灭社会上的恶习。他认为他是一个强烈的积极动机，并试图为他的行为创造庇护。Doe是一个聪明的人，他最终策划了自己的杀戮。对Doe的描述有很多有趣的元素。米尔斯和萨默塞特对能源部的行动感到困惑。他们不能评估Doe或预测他的行为。另一方面，Doe拥有更多的知识，最终以自己独特的方式战胜了警察。然而，警察杀死了母鹿，他们觉得在这种情况下他们赢了。但能源部试图重申，如果他们有动机，任何人都可以被说服去杀人。在这种情况下，米尔斯实际上就像能源部想要的那样。但米尔斯在极度激动的时刻杀死了母鹿。在这个故事里，有一个黑暗的流行主题。在这个故事里，米尔斯试图向高级警察学习。在他的性格中，没有父亲的身影，也有某种程度的孤立。故事的主角是米尔斯和萨默塞特。在这个故事里，最后的气候场景可以用多种形式来解释。没有人能解释主角在这种情况下是否真的赢了。
In this story, Mills and Somerset try to catch Serial killer Doe. Mills is a rookie cop and Somerset is the aging cop with a lot of emotional issues. The character Doe tries to kill people for their seven vices (Browing 85). Each of his killings has a central theme. Doe is disgusted by the complacency of the society and acceptance of these evil values by the society. Each killing has been for a particular vice of the person. Doe feels that it is a symbolic representation of the society that people live. The societal members have imbibed each vice into society that it has become acceptable (Browing 87). Doe feels that society is indulging in these vices and ignoring how it affects the society. Owing to this, Doe feels that he has taken a noble pursuit of killing the vices in Society by actually killing the person. He thinks that he as a strong positive motive and tries to create patronage for his actions. Doe is a smart man who eventually plans his own killing. There are a lot of intriguing elements to the characterization of Doe. Mills and Somerset are perplexed about how Doe is acting. They are not able to assess Doe or predict his actions. Doe on the other hand had more knowledge and eventually outwits the cops in his own unique way. Cops however kill Doe and they feel that they have won in this situation. But Doe tries to reiterate that anyone can be persuaded to kill if they have motive. In this case Mills actually acts as to what Doe wants. But Mills kills Doe in a moment of extreme emotion. There is a dark prevailing theme in this story line. In this story Mills tries to learn from the senior cop. There is absent father figure and a certain level of isolation in his character. Main protagonists in this story line are Mills and Somerset. In this story, the final climatic scene can be interpreted in many forms. No one can explain if the main protagonist has truly won in this scenario.