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police procedural

n.
A story or drama about the investigation of a crime by the police.

police procedural

n
(Film) a novel, film, or television drama that deals realistically with police work

police′ proce`dural


n.
a mystery novel, film, or television drama that deals realistically with police work. Also called procedural.
[1965–70]
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All are police procedurals featuring detective inspector Alan Banks, well-prepared and documented.
Peter James writes fascinating police procedurals, and this novel lives up to that reputation if the reader plows through the first half of the book.
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For some reason, TV has a bad habit of squandering immortality in the context of pedestrian police procedurals.
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It may be that the answer is not to try to reinvent the form, as Fox did with "Almost Human,'' but to look to what made police procedurals so popular in the first place.
More police procedurals with lots more famous faces this series.
Central characters are DI Addison, DS Narey and police photographer Tony Winter, with the enigmatic Winter being quite different from many other police procedurals.
When first released in paperback and Ebook formats, it ranked as high as #24 best seller in the Kindle book store among police procedurals.
Inspired by the success of Sjowall and Wahloo's novels, many Swedish crime writers later used police procedurals to advance social criticism, often even using the same ten-installment format.
Having written books that weren't police procedurals I know that central question has to be addressed, and it's a difficult one to make believable.
Some of the subgenres include amateur sleuths, private investigators, police procedurals, historical sleuths, and genre-blended mysteries.