The Bridge, which premiered July 10 on the FX Network, is an adaptation of the 2011 Danish/Swedish series, Bron (or Broen), and is the brainchild of TV veterans Meredith Stiehm (NYPD Blue, Cold Case) and Elwood Reid (Undercovers, the Hawaii Five-O reboot). Diane Kruger, best known as the fraulein fatale from Inglourious Basterds, stars as Sonya Cross, an El Paso detective who has Asperger’s. While dealing with the “blessing and curse,” she rigidly adheres to the law, determined to follow every lead—which makes her an effective investigator. But she’s painfully awkward when dealing with victims’ families (she apologizes to a widower for failing to “exercise empathy”).

Sonya meets her match or, at least, her temporary partner, at the U.S.-Mexico border. The body of a U.S. judge is discovered lying across the Bridge of the Americas, with one half in each country. Sonya wants the case, and muscles out Chihuahua homicide cop Detective Marco Ruiz (Demián Bichir of Weeds and A Better Life). Marco is quickly established as one of the few good cops in Mexico (more on that later). When he bends the rules and allows an ambulance to drive through the crime scene carrying a heart-attack victim and the victim’s wife, he makes a bad first impression on Sonya, thereby setting up their odd-couple dynamic. They eventually join forces to investigate the judge’s murder, which may be connected to the hundreds of murders of young women in Mexican border towns over a dozen years.