Not sure if we have been reading the same books but the entire Imperium is built by nasty xenophobic little men and women who despise pretty much everyone who is even marginally different from them. They do an awful lot of killing and plenty of extortion when the mood is right. Condemning the extortionists or the bigots usually will earn you a one way trip to the emperor.
I'm not so sure about this imprint at all. I don't actually read or watch any modern Crime fiction, but i did get that mafia tv series The Supranos as a christmas gift and the thing was just full of nasty, bigoted men swearing, extorting and killing people. A race to the bottom with no condemnation in sight!. It compels me to write off the entire crime genre.
What you say you dislike is pretty much 40k. I’m confused.
I do love a chink of decency in any fiction no matter how dark and a good author will always work in some grace or hope into a story. It’s what makes ADB night lords so good, you see decency among the crazy badness. Or the ghosts stories are utterly hopeless but they have all the human emotions good and bad floating about. The Supranos has good deeds done (that usually backfire!).
But if your looking for a group of social reformers fighting for woke ideals you won’t find it in the 41st millennium.
Maybe Mike Brooks wants to write a 41st millennium Greta Thunberg series about her campaigning against the mechanicum pollution criminals. Or Gav Thorpe will write a book for abhuman rights and better social housing for mutants. A kindly old ork who only wants peace with the humans and is kind to the grots?
Eldar fiction is the closest to this you will get and few people seem to buy it, which is a massive pitty.
A single-minded dedication to averting the ultimate fate of humanity, and an utter contempt for the stuffy order that's a breeding ground for chaotic consequences that'll bring about untold ruin?
Mate, Greta is the only credible Inquisitor about.
Railing against wokeness does also put me in mind of absolutely anyone in a sandwich board droning on about the end of days.
But enough of vivisecting regurgitated, unchewed talking points.
Crime's exemplar isn't really The Sopranos - if anything, that's just drama that involves crime.
Crime fiction tends to revolve around unravelling mysteries - conspiracy, mechanical procedures, whodunnits... All that. It's a gargantuan genre though, and dwarfs scifi in the same way romance dwarfs almost everything.
In terms of whether the books will be to one's tastes, the big question is probably about tone and theme - less so about specific detail and content.
E.g. The Sopranos is just a drama lense - it's likely closer to Eastenders or Hollyoaks than it is to Murder She Wrote or Luther.
That is: it's principally a multi-character drama, where the sweep of the story is a big hook, but the central core isn't about a particular resolvable Thing. (I've watched v little Sopranos.)
Unlike cop dramas (not The Bill, but the Wire) - there's a wealth of detail and interaction about which all the stuff hangs and intertwines.
Amusingly, Knocklaugh's bizarrely conservative and stuffy take gets absurdly close to the money - Mike Brooks' Rites of Passage is a crime story in all but a few specifics.
It's about unravelling & resolving a mystery - essentially.
The mystery isn't just murder-mystery, and the investigators aren't event necessarily investigators (let alone cops), but the whole thing's there.
Same applies from the other side - which is where the Sopranos analogy will likely come in: opposing murder mysteries is the story of murderers. Its analogous to True Crime as a genre, but not entirely. Heists and whatnot also fit the bill.
But in all those cases, the tone and focus will be what makes it enjoyable. Do you want to see world building, do you want to explore the mechanisms, do you want a theme park ride allowing you to explore ideas?
Or are you more caring about specific types of ride? Or specific recurring details (a mystery, a lot of clues/red herrings, a congregation in the drawing room for a big reveal), or something different still: characters working against a clock? Characters going about their evil business? Corrupt cops with a heart of obsidian/gold?
I'm quite intrigued by Varangantua - mainly as I'm actually fairly indifferent to a lot of character stuff, but a huge fan of seeing things explored and mechanically prodded/stress tested in fiction.
If there's a good verisimilitude to it, I might be incredibly enthusiastic. (Just like Necromunda.)
And for Crime - I imagine they'll do non Varangantua stuff eventually, just that if they can focus and get a good buzz/hook on the idea of the story, then it'll work well in contrast to WH Horror's more dispersed and 'anything, anywhere" feel. (Up to and including Kim Newman's old take on the Warhammer World.)