If you like Michael Connelly and his Harry Bosch series, you might enjoy these authors and series as well. On this list, you’ll find tough P.I.s, loner cops, gritty cities, and great stories. For more recommendations of good police procedurals and crime fiction, check out NoveList or sign up for one our NextReads e-newsletters.
- John Rebus series
by Ian Rankin
This series is set in Edinburgh, Scotland and features a brooding, troubled cop who loves include good scotch, classic rock, and the crime-filled streets of his city. First in the series is Knots & Crosses.
- Strange & Quinn series
by George Pelecanos
This series features two police-officers-turned-private-investigators working the drug-ridden, racially-charged streets of inner-city Washington, D.C.. First in the series is Right as Rain.
- Prey series
by John Sandford
This series centers around Twin Cities cop Lucas Davenport, a compelling, complex character who goes up against criminals of all kinds — from bank robbers and serial killers to corrupt politicians and computer hackers. First in the series is Rules of Prey.
- Elvis Cole series
by Robert Crais
This series takes place in Los Angeles. Wisecracking P.I. Elvis Cole and his brooding sidekick (and former LAPD officer) Joe Pike take on cases that lead them to the darkest corners of the city and of human nature. First in the series is The Monkey’s Raincoat.
- Alex McKnight series
by Steve Hamilton
This series features a former Detroit cop trying to escape the demons of his past in the isolated locale of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. He starts over as a P.I. and finds that crimes old and new abound. First in the series is A Cold Day in Paradise.
- Matthew Scudder series
by Lawrence Block
This series is about a hard-boiled, hard-drinking P.I. in New York City trying to piece together crimes and put back together his personal life. First in the series is The Sins of the Fathers.
- Dave Robicheaux series
by James Lee Burke
This series features a former New Orleans cop who is suspended from the force and retires to a small town. There he must do battle with the demons of his past and of the bottle, while facing crimes old and new. First in the series is The Neon Rain.