I like ‘police procedural’ fiction and one of my favourite authors is Mark Billingham.
Although he has written several ‘stand alone’ novels he has a series centred on Detective Inspector Tom Thorne.
A stubborn sort of character, who doesn’t always get it right first time and tends to thumb his nose at his superiors, Thorne is based in the Metropolitan Police Murder squad. Through the series of novels it is clear that the impacts of crime leave their mark not only on the victims but also the investigators – Thorne carries his fair share of scars.
Recently, the first two books in the series – ‘Sleepyhead’ and ‘Scaredy Cat’ have been televised – here’s a clip from the first one: