Nonfiction November: Book Pairing

Nonfiction November rages on! 
This week, we’re hosted by Sarah of Sarah’s Book Shelves, who gives us this assignment: 
Book Pairing: This week, pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title. It can be a “If you loved this book, read this!” or just two titles that you think would go well together. Maybe it’s a historical novel and you’d like to get the real history by reading a nonfiction version of the story.
And today, we’re going with cop books. Man, I love cop books. Give me a good police procedural, and I’m one happy reader. 
 
Today the theme is not only cop books, but NYPD. 
 
These are books written by New York police officers who tell the true tale, even if one of the books is fiction.


The she’s cheating and giving a bonus nonfiction title: Blue Blood by Edward Conlon

Anyone else love pairing fiction with nonfiction?

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Reader, librarian, & happy little geek

21 thoughts on “Nonfiction November: Book Pairing

  1. I love it when fiction books introduce me to a time period, or personality, or event in history that then leads me to as many non-fiction books as I can find about that same time period, person, or event. It's bookish serendipity at its best! 🙂

  2. Hahahaha, I don't think I've read one single police procedural book my entire life! Can I ask, do they tend to be graphic? I think part of the reason I steer clear of books like this and shows like SVU is that I am terribly, ridiculously squeamish. :p

  3. Love the NYPD focus here! We're there regularly to visit our daughters and last weekend saw first-hand how the NYPD managed the peaceful protests. The Job sounds like a great read.

  4. I've always wanted to read The Job. I recently read A Thousand Naked Strangers, which is the tell-all of an EMT in downtown Atlanta. If you liked The Job, I bet you'd like this one, too.

  5. Jenny — I'm super squeamish, too. Thankfully, most police procedurals aren't too graphic in terms of ickiness. Just stay away from forensic anthropologist books (Patricia Cornwell, Kathy Reichs). Some procedurals can be rather gritty, so that may be a factor, if that's not your thing.

  6. I've noticed a lot of crime fiction authors eventually release a non-fiction book too (often co-written with a forensics expert). I don't read much crime now but I did used to enjoy Peter James' books and recently he did a book on the true crimes of Brighton that inspired some of his stories, along with a member of the police there.

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