Saturday, June 23, 2012

Best fictional detectives

As there are so many great detectives I decided to choose by those that had they greatest impact on our culture and the genre. Some are so well done they have become the meaning of detective to us. Sometimes they appear in detective fiction and sometimes in genre fiction of a different nature but these characters are detectives at heart nonetheless.

Sam Spade

Sherlock Holmes

Miss Marple

Hercule Poirot

Columbo (ruffled child of Sam Spade)

Inspector Jacques Clouseau

Dick Tracy (Columbo's older brother/uncle)

Jessica Fletcher (Miss Marple's nosy niece)

The No. 1 lady detective: Mma Precious Ramotswe

Dr Temperance "Bones" Brennan

Elijah Bailey and R. Daneel Olivaw
Harry Dresden
Chief Inspector Adam Dalgliesh

Inspector Morse (Adam Dalgliesh's mutant clone)

Dirk Gently
Adrian Monk

Doctor Who


Runner up
Eve Dallas
She has had a big beginning but hasn't yet expanded her presence to the point of being well-known enough to be 'detective' in our minds. Fingers crossed though.

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