One of the true pioneers of the police procedural, Hillary Waugh was not the first writer to use police officers as detectives, but he was one of the first to present a realistic portrait of police officers and police work, emphasizing all the details of the case from start to finish, including the dull legwork that is often ignored. This emphasis was picked up later by other writers such as Ed McBain and Dell Shannon. According to Julian Symons and others, Waugh’s first police procedural, Last Seen Wearing . . . (1952), is one of he classics of detective fiction. Waugh’s later police novels involving Fred Fellows and Frank Sessions are praised for their realism and polish. In his less-known works as well as in these police procedurals, Waugh is a master craftsman who knows how to tell a good story and construct a tight and suspenseful plot. His prolific and enduring career is a testament to his ability and innovation.