- Post by Crime Fiction Coordinator Scott Montgomery
Michael Connelly is the current king of the police procedural. His dogged and damaged Detective Harry Bosch is a character we not only root for, but care for. Here are books with several protagonists in that mold.
Out Of The Blues by Trudy Nan Boyce
Boyce, a former Atlanta police officer herself, has her newly minted APD detective Sarah Alt, aka Salt, catch a cold case of a blues musician’s murder. She ends up unraveling a part of the city’s shadow history where race, religion, politics, and music all meet. A great example of a protagonist interacting with her environment. You can find copies of Out of the Blues on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.
The Abbey by Chris Culver
Ash Rashad, a Muslim cop in Indianapolis, learns the body of his niece was found in a rich man’s apartment and written off as an overdose. Compromising his job and faith, his investigation leads to many of the city’s power players and one mysterious club. An intriguing hero melded with a great plot. You can find copies of The Abbey on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.
Where It Hurts by Reed Farrel Coleman
The first in what I hope will be a long series featuring Gus Murphy, a former Suffolk County cop licking the wounds life gave him as he works as a courtesy van driver for a hotel. When asked by a petty criminal he used to arrest to look into the murder of his son, not only has to put his life on the line, he is confronted with who he has become. Looking forward to where this character is going. You can find copies of Where It Hurts on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.