The Police Procedural | Newberry

The Police Procedural

Led by Barbara Lanctot
Saturday, June 4, 2022
Four sessions. Saturdays, June 4-June 25


In Person

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Seminar Description

In the mid-1900s, a new kind of detective story emerged. Instead of a gifted amateur detective or a tough private eye, a team of police detectives did the investigating.

What brought about this departure from tradition? What are the characteristics of this form, and why was it so successful? Why does it still enjoy widespread – indeed, global – popularity? Together, we’ll investigate two classic TV episodes and two influential novels to find our answers.

Barbara Lanctot is an experienced teacher and lecturer on the detective novel. Reading detective novels is what got her through the pandemic.

Materials List

Individual seminar titles are available at our Newberry Bookshop via the links below. Or you can purchase the complete set of titles for this seminar, sent to you in a complimentary Newberry tote!


  • Ed McBain, Cop Hater. (Thomas & Mercer, 2012). ISBN: 9781612183701
  • Maj Sjowall & Per Wahloo, The Laughing Policeman. (Vintage Bks., 2009). ISBN: 978-0-307-39050-9

First Reading:

  • Please read chapters 1-11 of Cop Hater for the first session.

Cost and Registration Information 

Four sessions. Registration: $195 ($175 for Newberry members, seniors, and students)

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