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*Question for Dear Readers

I need to read some examples of police procedural climaxes. I’m not writing a police procedural. I’m writing literary fiction, but for reasons I can’t yet disclose (or give away too much), I need to bone up on my knowledge of thrillers. All I want is the last couple of chapters! Any recommendations?


Lilian is the author of Web of Angels, a novel about a mom with DID (multiple personalities). She's also the author of the historical novels, The River Midnight and The Singing Fire, about secrets, friendship and motherhood in 19th century Poland and London.

9 thoughts on “*Question for Dear Readers

  1. Peter Robinson combines the best of classic police procedurals with the oft discounted “cozy” orientation.

    Elizabeth George is another thriller writer; I’d suggest For The Sake of Elena if you’ve never read her books.

    And of course, Donna Leon – Acqua Alta is excellent.

  2. Crime/police procedural, I’m an Elmore Leonard girl myself. Probably ’cause he tickles my funny bone. And what about Cormac McCarthy? Have you read No Country for Old Men?

  3. Okay, I scoured my reading list from the last ten years.

    I’m seriously in love with P.D. James’ work. I’ve also enjoyed Ian Rankin, Ruth Rendell’s Inspector Wexford, “Train” by Pete Dexter, and “What the Dead Know” by Laura Lippman.

    Not police procedurals, but I heart Nicola Griffiths’ Aud Torvingen books about a lesbian PI.

    Dorothy Sayers is pure pleasure but probably not contemporary enough for your purposes.

    A quick Google search turned up Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct books, Reginald Hill’s Dalziel and Pascoe, and Janwillem van de Wetering’s Grijpstra and de Gier (a police procedural with Zen Buddhist overtones–I’m totally putting that on my To Read list).

  4. I’ll admit I’m curious about why you are researching thrillers! But I know that’s not something you can discuss much 🙂 I’m no expert, but I’d second the Elizabeth George and P.D. James recommendations.

  5. I’d go with P D James, Reginald Hill (the Dalziel and Pascoe books) and Andrew Taylor’s Lydmouth series (although that’s set in the fifties). Ooh research. Hope it goes well!

  6. While I was in TN my friend was listening to a book on MP-3. I don’t know the title or the author, but I think it was the/a sequel to The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo. The brief part to which I listened was about an investigation of a murder. Very thorough. (But your phone calls probably did the trick.)

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