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Crime fiction written by police insiders

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:31:36 GMT

Does anyone know of any good crime fiction authors who are/were police detectives or other professionals with inside knowledge of police investigative procedure and attitudes? I'm especially interested in authors from places other than the UK and US, set in the 1960's or later, but all suggestions welcome. (I wouldn't usually count prosecutors, judges, etc. as police insiders, unless they are from countries where those professions actually take part in, or direct, the police investigation.) _*Norway:*_ Jørn Lier Horst (Senior Investigating Officer, Vestfold Police district) _*Sweden:*_ Leif G. W. Persson (Professor in Criminology, National Police Board) _*U.K.:*_ Basil Thomson (Assistant Commissioner (Crime), Scotland Yard) _*U.S.A.:*_ Archer Mayor (Detective, Windham County Sheriff’s Office) Dorothy Uhnak (Detective, New York City Transit Police Dept.) Joseph Wambaugh (Detective Sergeant, Los Angeles Police Dept.) (I'll endevour to update this list as suggestions come in. Corrections or better links welcome.)

MobileRead Next nomination period

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 21:39:00 GMT

May we start the next set of nominations?

"A Suitable Boy" - Vikram Seth

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 20:52:03 GMT

Has anyone read "A Suitable Boy," by Vikram Seth? It's among an elite group of long novels, which I find appealing. I'm contemplating its purchase...

New Leaf Book Club • February 2018 Discussion • Passing by Nella Larsen

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 13:01:40 GMT

Thread locked until start of discussion on February 15. Image: *Passing* by Nella Larsen is the February selection for the New Leaf Book Club. ---Quote--- An important figure in the Harlem Renaissance, Nella Larsen was the first African-American woman to be awarded a Guggenheim fellowship. Her fictional portraits of women seeking their identities through a fog of racial confusion were informed by her own Danish-West Indian parentage, and Passing offers fascinating psychological insights into issues of race and gender. ---End Quote--- Kindle ( | Kindle UK ( | Kobo (

Literary A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 23:41:00 GMT

'After a terrible hurricane levels their Jamaican estate, the Bas-Thorntons decide to send their children back to the safety and comfort of England. On the way their ship is set upon by pirates, and the children are accidentally transferred to the pirate vessel. Jonsen, the well-meaning pirate captain, doesn't know how to dispose of his new cargo, while the children adjust with surprising ease to their new life. As this strange company drifts around the Caribbean, events turn more frightening and the pirates find themselves increasingly incriminated by the children's fates. The most shocking betrayal, however, will take place only after the return to civilization. The swift, almost hallucinatory action of Hughes's novel, together with its provocative insight into the psychology of children, made it a best seller when it was first published in 1929 and has since established it as a classic of twentieth-century literature - an unequaled exploration of the nature, and limits, of innocence.' Goodreads ( This is the MR Literary Club selection for January 2018. Whether you've already read it or would like to, feel free to start or join in the conversation at any time, and guests are always welcome! So, what are your thoughts on it? Attachment 161397 ( 161398 ( 161399 ( 161400 ( 161401 (