police procedural

subgenre of detective fiction

The police procedural, or police crime drama, is a subgenre of procedural drama and detective fiction that emphasizes the investigative procedure of a police officer or department as the protagonist(s), as contrasted with other genres that focus on either a private detective, an amateur investigator or the characters who are the targets of investigations. While many police procedurals conceal the criminal's identity until the crime is solved in the narrative climax (the so-called whodunit), others reveal the perpetrator's identity to the audience early in the narrative, making it an inverted detective story. Whatever the plot style, the defining element of a police procedural is the attempt to accurately depict the profession of law enforcement, including such police-related topics as forensic science, autopsies, gathering evidence, search warrants, interrogation and adherence to legal restrictions and procedure.
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2. The Dogs of Riga

novel by Henning Mankell

author: Henning Mankell

1992

1. Faceless Killers

novel by Henning Mankell

author: Henning Mankell

1997

3. The White Lioness

novel by Henning Mankell

author: Henning Mankell

1993

4. The Man Who Smiled

1994 novel by Henning Mankell

author: Henning Mankell

1994

The Return of the Dancing Master

2000 novel by Henning Mankell

author: Henning Mankell

2000

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