Snake Wolfbane is the best observed 1970s throwback spoof copper I've ever encountered, and I watched all of Life on Mars on the telly. The book is peppered with laugh out loud moments and brilliant references to non-list celebs of the late 70s and early 80s, the Grumbleweeds, Wee Jimmie Krankie etc. And as far as it captures life in a sleepy, decaying seaside resort brilliantly: crap social clubs, inept local papers...it's like Phoenix Nights meets Z Cars.
It's also pleasingly mental and quite surreal, and I like that sort of thing. You should buy it and things.