Police Procedurals: Five of the Best …. and more


At Crime Fiction Lover we can read: It is not surprising that the police procedural is one of the most enduring forms of crime fiction. As Michael Connelly says, it’s not just about the way they work the case, but the way the case works them. Some of the most successful examples of this sub-genre come from the United States. Ed McBain’s 87th precinct novels featuring Detective Steve Carella, amongst other, remained popular for over 30 years.

The extraordinarily prolific Belgian writer Georges Simenon made a massive contribution to European crime fiction with his Maigret novels. Britain has produced its fair share of policiers too. Reginald Hill’s Dalziel and Pascoe books and David Peace’s Red Riding Quartet have both been successfully adapted for television. (The bold letters are mine).

But there are many more fantastic examples of police procedurals, and below I look at some of my favourite series. If you are interested to find out more click HERE to read the complete article.

From my side you can find some of my favourites on my link above: Crime Fiction Series, Mankell, Nesbø, Indridason, Rankin, Vargas and Padura.

And if you have additional examples, you can always leave your suggestions in a comment below.

8 thoughts on “Police Procedurals: Five of the Best …. and more

  1. I don’t think I’d argue with your list Jose but I would definitely include Maigret. I’ve read all of his books over the years. Glad you’ve included Adamsberg. I like Peter Robinson’s Alan Banks who has changed quite a lot over the years. I’m a big fan of the genre in general.

    1. Thanks for your comment Sarah. I did not include in my list the names of those already mentioned in the original post. I just wanted to add some more names. Thanks also for your suggestion.

  2. I love Michael Connelly’s novels, they are up there for me. Agree with Mankell and Indridason, I’d have those three with, eg, Camilleri and Tursten. (Hard to choose, though! I think Nesbo & Vargas are a bit “quirky” to be classified as “normal police procedurals”, though they are great in other ways?)

    1. Maxine thanks for remind me of Tursten. Would also agree that Nesbo & Vargas are peculair, but they add a different dimension to more standard police procedurals,

  3. José Ignacio – You have some terrific authors here! I love Michael Connelly’s work and I think Ed McBain’s work is terrific, too. And of course Indriðason is extremely talented. I would also add Sjöwall and Wahlöö’s Martin Beck series. In my opinion that’s one of the finest crime fiction series there has been.

    1. Thanks Margot/Maxine, the Martin Beck series was already mentioned in the CFL article together with Montalbano and The Grijpstra and De Gier Mysteries by Janwillem van de Wettering; The Kramer And Zondi Investigations by James McClure, and The Inspector O Series by James Church. I’m not familiar with this last three, though. Connelly is also mentioned, although the Bosch series should have been highlighted more clearly.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.