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Watching the detectives?

There never seems to be much about detective/police procedural on bookish ~ does anyone have favourites?
two contemporary ones of mine:
Mark Billingham's Tom Thorne (Tom and Phil aww)
and JK Rowling's Cormoran Strike (Cormoran and Robin? probably not)
and vintage? ~ Marjorie Allingham's Albert Campion and of course Peter Wimsey

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paulliver
Jun. 30th, 2014 12:36 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed the morally ambiguous endings of Ian Banks' novels.
simone_remy
Jun. 30th, 2014 03:12 pm (UTC)
I should read him ~ it's one of those unaccountable gaps in my list ~ recommendation?
paulliver
Jun. 30th, 2014 03:42 pm (UTC)
You might as well start with the first in the series, since they have an order.
kensmind
Jun. 30th, 2014 02:37 pm (UTC)
Your genre was "detective/police procedural" and I don't know whether or not you meant to include non-fiction or not. I had read about Detective Kim Rossmo of the Vancouver Police Department who tracked serial criminals (e.g. murderers, arsonists) using something he called geographic profiling. I was curious about it, so I bought and read his book of the same name, Geographic Profiling. It's intense and tough slogging to read, but I found it fascinating.

P.S.: Brilliant title for this post (even if it has stuck a certain song in my head.)

Edited at 2014-06-30 02:38 pm (UTC)
simone_remy
Jun. 30th, 2014 03:10 pm (UTC)
Sounds really fascinating ~ maybe one for my kindle, I do like some non fiction, In Cold Blood and Helter Skelter both made a big impression on me when I was younger.
ETA aargh ~ £83 ~ must look for a cheaper copy lol

Edited at 2014-06-30 03:26 pm (UTC)
kensmind
Jun. 30th, 2014 10:36 pm (UTC)
Yes I recall that now, it's horribly overpriced. I was lucky enough to find a used one that was much more reasonable. I postponed reading it for that very reason.
puddleshark
Jun. 30th, 2014 03:48 pm (UTC)
I'm not a great reader of detective novels, apart from Dorothy L Sayers, but I do love Ann Cleeves' Vera Stanhope books - both the interesting older woman protagonist and the atmospheric north-east of England setting.
simone_remy
Jul. 1st, 2014 07:24 pm (UTC)
Oh yes ~ I like her Shetland series too! detective stories are Prozac substitute for me! puzzling out how to set things back to almost right! I think that's how some people read mills and boone, but I never could make them work for me :)
hibiscusrose
Jun. 30th, 2014 06:24 pm (UTC)
Kathy Reichs' Temperance Brennan novels. Split between Quebec and North Carolina, so twice the procedurals, if mostly from a forensic perspective. Deja Dead is the 1st one. I found them sometimes tough going, but the forensics are correct.
simone_remy
Jul. 1st, 2014 07:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks ~ I don't mind gruesome and that name rings a bell somewhere in the recesses of my mind ~ I may have one tucked away.
ticktockman
Jun. 30th, 2014 07:36 pm (UTC)
You'll find some discussion that fits over at vintage_crime.
simone_remy
Jul. 1st, 2014 07:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks, v interesting stuff over there, but I think I prefer contemporary really.
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