police procedural

noun
plural police procedurals

Definition of police procedural

: a mystery story written from the point of view of the police investigating the crime

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Ninth Step Station is the latest series from the company, blending near-future science fiction with a police procedural. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Two unlikely cops are paired up to solve murders in a war-torn Tokyo in Ninth Step Station," 8 Dec. 2018 Mystery and suspense fiction, along with police procedurals and crime fiction in general, often are disparaged as a second-rate literary form for their overreliance on action-heavy plot. Maureen Corrigan, The Seattle Times, "Fans of Tana French are in for a surprise with ‘The Witch Elm’," 23 Oct. 2018 Deadwind Foreign language police procedurals are a dime a dozen on Netflix—and thank goodness for that. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Which of These New TV International Thrillers Should You Binge?," 30 Aug. 2018 As in his recent Mr. Mercedes trilogy, King continues to walk the line between police procedural and complete horror show. Jocelyn Mcclurg, USA TODAY, "Weekend picks for book lovers, including Stephen King's 'The Outsider'," 26 May 2018 After all this time, the investigation has become a kind of episodic drama, a real-life police procedural that has so far cleared the names of a dozen people convicted of murder. Alan Feuer, New York Times, "Another Brooklyn Murder Conviction Linked to Scarcella Is Reversed," 11 Jan. 2018 Seeking to bridge two familiar forms — the police procedural and the gang-redemption memoir — Green tracks cops and killers by turns as events draw them together. Jill Leovy, New York Times, "The Killers of the ‘Sex Money Murder’ Gang and the Cops Who Went After Them," 1 June 2018 Mindhunter is implicitly a show about crime shows, one that trains its eye on everything police procedurals take for granted—the concept of criminal profiling, above all, and the ability to crack a case by trying to reconstruct the mind of a killer. K. Austin Collins, HWD, "Before Jonathan Groff Could Nail Mindhunter, He Had to Stop Smiling," 14 June 2018 Justin Chatwin stars as rookie detective Michael Connelly — a name that in a better film would be a respectful homage to one of our greatest police procedural novelists. Noel Murray, latimes.com, "Crime drama 'The Assassin's Code' is strictly by the book," 9 May 2018

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1963, in the meaning defined above

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