What are the best reality-based police novels?

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    #1The New Centurions

    The New Centurions
    The New Centurions is a mystery thriller fiction written by Joseph Wambaugh. This police crime novel is set in Los Angeles and it is first published in 1970. 


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    James Harper
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "A very unique and interesting read. The story is one of the best from Wambaugh and will grip you in and make you want to finish it sooner."
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    #2The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher

    The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher

    A crime that shocked Victorian England in 1860. The 3-years old Saville Kent was found on a privy with his throat sit. At the same time, the 'Detective' is an invention few years old and for the first time, Scotland Yard sends one of his detectives outside London. 


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    Ai Long
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This book gives a good account of the Constance Kent murder case in England in the mid-nineteenth century. If you read mystery and true crime stories, you will enjoy this book. Summerscale does a great job of recreating the world in which these events took place.. "
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    #3Dead Jealous (Calladine & Bayliss)

    Dead Jealous (Calladine & Bayliss)
    Dead Jealous is a mystery thriller fiction and the seventh book in Calladine & Bayliss series written by Helen H. Durrant. It is published in 2017 by Joffe Books. 

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    Joseph Johnson
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I really love cloak and dagger, or private investigator style novels. The dark, grimy sort of books that take you through the low levels of the city. This book really gives you some of that great thriller style writing that is common in this style of book. Really great writing makes you almost feel as if you are part of the story. A really good book that I truly enjoyed."
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    #4Carlito's Way and After Hours

    Carlito's Way and After Hours

    Carlito's Way and After Hours is a mystery thriller fiction novel written by Edwin Torres. This book is about Carlo Brigante's life and it is first published in 1993 by Prion. 


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    Janet Jacobs
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "There are two separate novels bound together into one book; the first story describes the criminal life of the hero Carlo Brigante, a Puerto Rican hustler, who gets caught and put in jail. The second part is about Carlo Brigante after he gets out of prison and is trying to walk a straight line. This sounds like a terrific story. Even the description of the story is literary. However, the book is costly: there are some used books beginning at $65 and some new ones available for $237. Some of us may have missed the boat on this one."
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    #5Bangkok 8

    Bangkok 8

    Bangkok 8: A Royal Thai Detective Novel (1) is a dark, mystery fictional novel written by John Burdett. It was published July 13, 2004 by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard publishing house.


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    Christopher Ortega
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "While I really wanted to enjoy the book, an inconsistent storyline distracted me from fully enjoying this novel. Some good characters are present throughout and the setup is intriguing, but the author makes some poor choices in the middle and end of the story that could have used a stark rewrite."
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    #6On Beulah Height (Dalziel and Pascoe)

    On Beulah Height (Dalziel and Pascoe)

    On Beulah Height is a British mystery fiction and the seventeenth book in Dalziel and Pascoe series written by Reginald Hill. It is first published in 1998 by Dell. 


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    Amanda Gomez
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "The author is an award winner of the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award, as well as the Golden Dagger for his Dalziel/Pascoe series. On Beulah Height will give you an exciting mystery that will keep you in suspense throughout the book. The book is exciting and full of surprises for all. "
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    #7Night Passage

    Night Passage

    Night Passage is the first book in the Jesse Stone teen series by Robert B. Parker. This book was published in 1998. This book is a good combination of thriller and mystery narration.


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    Barbara Medina
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I liked the books a little better then the television series. I thought the books would not be as good. They were so much better. I was not disappointed at all. I loved it."
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    Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets is a true crime non-fiction book written by David Simon. This historical book is first published in 1991. 


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    Antonio Contreras
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Homicide is aperfect solution for best reality-based police novels, because it is a book about homicide investigations. "
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    #9Night Dogs (Hanson)

    Night Dogs (Hanson)

    Night Dogs is a mystery crime fiction and the second book in Hanson series written by Kent Anderson.  It is first published in 1997 by Bantam Books. 


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    Janice James
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "the title of this book sounds a character everyone would want to read. "
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    #10The Yard (Scotland Yard's Murder Squad)

    The Yard (Scotland Yard's Murder Squad)

    The Yard is a historical mystery fiction and the first book in Scotland Yard's Murder Squad series written by Alex Grecian. It is published in 2012 by Putnam Books. 


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    Samantha Turner
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Who doesnt love mystery. This who done it will keep you guessing"
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    #11The Name of the Rose

    The Name of the Rose
    The Name of the Rose is a novel by Umberto Eco about a friar who investigates and collects pieces of evidence with the series of historical murder mysteries in an Italian monastery. This book has won many international awards.

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    Brian Moore
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This is a great book and a highly enjoyable read, but I don't consider it a "reality based" police novel. (How many friars or priests are really detectives as a side job?) Well regarded and definitely worth a read."


Best What are the best reality-based police novels
1The New CenturionsBooks 39 Paid
2The Suspicions of Mr. WhicherBooks 34 Paid
3Dead Jealous (Calladine & Bayliss)Books 31 Paid
4Carlito's Way and After HoursBooks 29 Paid
5Bangkok 8Books 28 Paid
6On Beulah Height (Dalziel and Pascoe)Books 25 Paid
7Night PassageBooks 15 Paid
8HomicideBooks 6 Paid
9Night Dogs (Hanson)Books 4 Paid
10The Yard (Scotland Yard's Murder Squad)Books 4 Paid

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