Re: RARA-AVIS: Procedurals (was: Jonathan Craig)

From: Scott Owen (
Date: 09 Aug 2002

Much as I love the Martin Beck series, I have to agree with Jim that they're not true blue procedurals. In my mind, the pure prodecural is an exposition of police investigative techniques, with little criticism of same. Sjowall and Wahloo were more interested in writing a series of novels critiquing Swedish society using the conventions of the police procedural genre. I think calling them "semi-procedurals" is fair warning that this isn't everyone's cup of tea.

Heck, I just call 'em "Swedish Police Procedurals."


>From: "Jim Beaver" <>
>I certainly meant no slur on the Martin Beck books by calling them
>"semi-procedurals." The Becks are among my very favorite crime stories. I
>simply wanted to express a slightly different feeling given me by the Becks
>as opposed to the 87th Precincts or the Terry Marlow book I just finished

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