RARA-AVIS: DIN procedurals?

From: Joy Matkowski ( jmatkowski1@comcast.net)
Date: 20 Aug 2002

 < MatCoward@aol.com> asked for DIN U.S. equivalents. There must be thousands. Off the top of my head from what I've read recently are Randisi's Keough and Harstad's Houseman.


I'd said:
> << I've read a couple of Ian Rankins and have been sort of on the fence as
> whether they're police procedurals. Rebus has seemed to either take off on
> his own or be sent off; he is often only very loosely affiliated with the
> police department. I can see that the series isn't the exemplar of police
> procedurals while still allowing it in my version of that category. >>
> For my own purposes, I always class this kind of book as a "Detective
> Inspector Novel". I feel that police procedurals, strictly, are ensemble
> stories, and that they should have a kind of detached flatness or
> to them - the actual activities of the cops, in a largely unglamourised
> manner, should be central to every scene, and pre-eminent in the book as a
> whole. On the other hand, Rankin, Reginald Hill, RD Wingfield, and dozens
> others, write about a man (or a duo) at the centre of everything, and that
> character's cogitation is more important than procedure, even though a
> amount of procedure does occur "on stage". Off hand, I can't think if
> a US equivalent to "DINs"?
> - Mat C
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