from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A story or drama about the investigation of a crime by the police.
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- noun a sub-
genreof crime fictionwhich portrays the activities of a policeforce as they investigate crimes. Unlike other types of crime fiction, the perpetratormay be known at the outsetof the story.
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