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Police procedurals - This is a subcategory of mystery fiction in which the protagonist(s) are police detectives.

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What doesn't fit:

- Investigator is an amateur, a private detective, a journalist, a forensics specialist, an attorney, etc.

- True crime or other nonfiction

Example that doesn't fit the category "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."
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message 1: by Cindy (new)

Cindy I have to admit that I really prefer these types of books to the private investigator ones, and definitely to the 'total amateur who keeps stumbling over dead bodies' ones. That premise only works so many times. At least with a PI they have a reason to be investigating. But the police ones seem to have more going for them right now, IMO.


message 2: by John (new)

John Sorry, but any list that places something by Patterson over something (anything!!!) over Ellroy is disqualified.


message 3: by Liz (new)

Liz I was surprised there was nothing with Sheriff Joanna Brady or the homicide detective Beaumont by JA Jance.
I included Anna Pidgeon the Park ranger as a National Park cop by Nevada Barr and Trooper Liam Campbell books by Dana Stabenow set in Alaska. Hope those meet the criteria.


message 4: by Betsy (new)

Betsy John wrote: "Sorry, but any list that places something by Patterson over something (anything!!!) over Ellroy is disqualified."

Not every one is an Ellroy fan.


message 5: by Joel (new)

Joel John wrote: "Sorry, but any list that places something by Patterson over something (anything!!!) over Ellroy is disqualified."

Absolutely!!


message 6: by Joel (new)

Joel Betsy wrote: "John wrote: "Sorry, but any list that places something by Patterson over something (anything!!!) over Ellroy is disqualified."

Not every one is an Ellroy fan."


But he can write and he writes for readers. Patterson writes for people who want plot but not prose.


message 7: by Ashley (new)

Ashley I really don't think Dan Brown's Robert Langdon series should be on this list. They're great books but they don't fit the criteria.


message 8: by DW (new)

DW Why are there Jack Reacher books on this list? He's an ex-military police officer.


message 9: by jaadhimalli (new)

jaadhimalli Robert Langdon isnt a police detective. The Da Vinci code shouldnt be in this list. Right ?


message 10: by Vicki (new)

Vicki While there are police in The Da Vinci Code, the protagonist is a college professor.

One or more of the Jack Reacher books, such as Night School, take place back when he was still a military policeman. I'm not sure about the one I noticed on this list, though.


message 11: by Tim (new)

Tim Kern Would any of you police procedural readers help my by reading my new book before it comes out?
I'd like some feedback from real readers.
Thanks.Tim Kern


message 12: by Tony (new)

Tony "The Blooding" by Joseph Wambaugh is a good book, but it's non-fiction.


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