Brutal Truth

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 – ) and ‘Spiral’ (5 series -.

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!


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