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The Police Procedural is Dead! Long Live the Police Procedural!

Stuart MacBride and Ian Rankin

 

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Fiction is a dedicated follower of fashion, and every few years one genre (or sub-genre) bubbles up to prominence, while another’s declared dead in the water. Except that’s not really how we read, is it crime lovers?

Doomsayers regular declare the police procedural no more, expired, stiff, bereft of life, nailed to the bleeding perch. . .. Here to discuss why stories about cops chasing baddies will never join the choir invisible are two of Scotland’s finest practitioners, Ian Rankin and Stuart MacBride. Between them they’ve sold millions of books in dozens of regions around the world, earning their places at the forefront of the tsunami that is Tartan Noir.

Stuart MacBride’s newest Ash Henderson thriller, The Coffinmaker’s Garden, starts with a storm that reveals human remains buried in someone’s garden. How many people are buried there? And can the authorities retrieve the remains before the storm sweeps them out to sea? Ex-Detective Inspector Ash Henderson is determined to catch the killer — and God help anyone who gets in his way.

In A Song for the Dark Times, Ian Rankin’s most recent Rebus novel, the ex-detective speeds to the edge of Scotland to help his daughter who is distraught that her husband’s gone missing. But is he going as a father, or as a detective? And is this domestic drama linked to a case Siobhan and Malcolm are investigating back in the capital

 

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