Thursday, May 25, 2023

Top ten cops in fiction

Alan Parks worked in the music industry for over twenty years before turning to crime writing. His debut novel Bloody January was shortlisted for the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière, February’s Son was nominated for an Edgar Award, Bobby March Will Live Forever was picked as a Times Best Book of the Year, won a Prix Mystère de la Critique Award and won an Edgar Award. The April Dead was shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year and May God Forgive won the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year 2022. He lives and works in Glasgow.

To Die In June is the sixth Harry McCoy thriller.

At the Guardian Parks tagged his top ten cops in fiction, including:
Harry Bosch

Bosch features in twentysomething of Michael Connolly’s LA-set series. After a horrendous upbringing and a spell in the army during the Vietnam war, Bosch has a past that keeps coming back to haunt him. This doesn’t stop him being a cop par excellence. These books are the benchmark for sustaining a character over a long series. Connolly’s gift is to keep Bosch evolving while he stays the same. Not easy to do. If you want to find out how a great crime thriller works just read one of these books.
Read about another entry on the list.

Harry Bosch is among Jeff Somers's six fictional cops who do things according to their own set of rules.

--Marshal Zeringue