Det. Robert Goren
When Detective Robert Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) is at a crime scene, nothing is overlooked. With a broad intellect and cunning instinct that borders on brilliance, this modern-day Sherlock Holmes brings an unparalleled level of scrutiny to the job.
However, it's in the interrogation room that Goren truly displays his genius. By virtually entering the mind of the criminal, Goren examines every possible angle of the motive. Operating on just the thinnest shred of evidence, Goren can break down even the boldest criminal into an impassioned confession.
Goren served in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigation Division when he was stationed in Germany and Korea. He then made detective in the NYPD's Narcotics Division, and after two highly successful sting operations, Goren was promoted to detective in the Major Case Squad.
With MCS, Goren and his partner Detective Alexandra Eames amassed an enviable record. However, Goren was never well liked in the department, and his seeming reliance on hunches rather than facts often brought him into conflict with his superiors.
In the last few years, a whirlwind of personal tragedy - his mother taken by lymphoma; his real father revealed to be a sadistic serial killer; the unhinged machinations of his one-time mentor leaving both his greatest nemesis and his brother dead - left Goren spiraling out of control. Increasingly insubordinate, his actions even began to drive a wedge between he and Eames.
The final straw came when Goren went rogue after the death of Captain Ross. Seen as a liability by the top brass, he was fired by Eames herself - right before she handed in her own badge and gun.
But now, Bobby is back, and the Major Case Squad is undoubtedly better for it. The question is, has Goren returned for the right reasons? And will he finally learn to let go of the past and find some peace in this world, or will his personal demons return to haunt him once more?