Last week I mentioned a couple of books by Stuart MacBride that featured an unconventional cop (‘Extreme Force’).
I also indicated that the ‘hero’, Ash Henderson, was way more aggressive than Regan or Rebus. I don’t really count Gene Hunt – ‘Life on Mars’ was just a way of bringing back Jack Regan in the face of ultra PC (ha ha) TV niceties.
Gene Hunt: “I think you’ve forgotten who you’re talking to.”
Sam Tyler: “An overweight, over-the-hill, nicotine-stained, borderline-alcoholic homophobe with a superiority complex and an unhealthy obsession with male bonding?”
Gene Hunt: “You make that sound like a bad thing.”
What I forgot to include was other TV cops who also have, how shall I put it? – less than traditional methods of policing.
Two of the best Cop shows are both foreign language series featuring gendarmes – ‘Braquo’ (4 series – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1429534/?ref_=tt_rec_tti ) and ‘Spiral’ (5 series -.http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0477507/)
In addition to the blokes (Eddy and Walter) who ‘take no prisoners’ (often literally) there are two Doris’ that you wouldn’t want to cross – Laure (‘Spiral’) and Roxanne (‘Braquo’).
Graphic stuff – and even if you’re not keen on sub-titles they are both worth persevering with!