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David Simon! David Simon (2006)
Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets Holt Paperbacks
Police reporter David Simon from the Baltimore Sun spent a year with three homicide squads - following the officers from crime scenes to interrogations to hospital emergency rooms. Brutal, bureaucratic, authentic police procedural. More...
Arnaldur Indrišason! Arnaldur Indrišason (2005)
Jar City: A Thriller St. Martin's Minotaur
A gripping police procedural from Iceland, starring Inspector Erlendur Sveinnson from Reykjavik. He investigates the brutal killing of a pensioner, who seems to have raped several young women. This Nordic Novel Noir, casting a stoic veteran policemen and his broken family, leads to an intelligent exploration of genetically transmitted oncological diseases. More...
A. C. Baantjer! A. C. Baantjer (2003)
Murder in Amsterdam. Intrigue Press
Fat Sonja, an Amsterdam prostitute, is the first victim in a series of murders in Europe's sex-business capital. Written by A.C. Baantjer, one of the most popular authors in the Netherlands, this police procedural features some rather unorthodox methods by veteran policeman DeKok. Baantier, himself an Inspector with Amsterdam's police for almost 40 years, knows what he is talking about. More...
Louise Penny! Louise Penny (2009)
The Brutal Telling: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel. Minotaur Books
The body of an unknown old man turns up in a village bistro. Chief Inspector Gamache tracks down the murderer among the mildly eccentric locals - sidetracking into cooking, antiques, lifestyle portraits, travel, and the arts. More...
Tana French! Tana French (2008)
In the Woods. Penguin (Non-Classics)
French's debut definitely stands appart from the usual run-of-the-mill thrillers. Her main characters, two police detectives, try to solve the murder of a 12 year old girl whose body is found at the site of an archaeological dig in a Dublin suburb. As they probe into the victim's troubled family history they are drawn back into the childhood trauma of one of the detectives. An intelligent, beautifully written thriller that builds unnerving psychological pressure. More...
Bill James! Bill James (2007)
Wolves of Memory. Foul Play Press
Asst. Chief Constable Desmond Iles and Detective Chief Superintendet Colin Harpur are a strange couple investigating one of London's organized crime families. With his acid humor, Iles will make you lough your head off, if you are not horrified by the savage tale. More...
Karin Fossum! Karin Fossum (2005)
Don't Look Back. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Widowed Inspector Sejer investigates the disappearance of a young girl in a small Norwegian village. Not much action, but smart insights in human psychology. More...
Joseph Wambaugh! Joseph Wambaugh (2010)
Hollywood Hills: A Novel. Little, Brown and Company
Wambaugh mixes the hillariously funny and the sad and thoughtful in a unique way. A combination of freak show and serious police work. More...

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