Re: RARA-AVIS: procedural

From: Anthony Dauer (
Date: 19 Apr 2000

Well, no "one" police man is going to be present from start to finish in any situation so you void the entire genre if that's a real requirement.

Crime procedural might fit ... but for it to be "anti" wouldn't have go against police procedures? Messing up the crime scene, not giving the Miranda rights, not dusting for fingure prints, etc.

"a.n.smith" wrote:

> Yeah, i can see that, but then it just becomes expository info through
> dialogue. Ugh. The necessary evil of crime writing. I guess my thoughts
> leaned towards the experience--news reports give the criminal some info, and
> then he's caught, interrogated (and then, like on LAW & ORDER, it becomes a
> legal thriller so we won't deal with that as Police Proced.). But if he's
> *told* the procedures as they happen, I'm not as interested.
> I consider the PARKER books by Stark to be the "anti-police procedurals", in
> that they're crime procedurals. Step by step planning of the crime, pulling
> it off, getting way, tying up loose ends.

volente Deo,

Anthony Dauer Alexandria, Virginia
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