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.
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
Chief Inspector Adam Dalgliesh
Inspector Morse (Adam Dalgliesh's mutant clone)
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.