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(Short List)   The 30 greatest literary detectives of all time. Most of which could drink you under the table while still solving a murder   (shortlist.com) divider line 85
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2013-04-28 08:37:39 AM  
Ummm, no, leaving off both Nero Wolfe and Peter Whimsy is unforgivable
 
2013-04-28 08:46:56 AM  
I am six books in to the Harry Bosch series (Michael Connelly). Glad to see that even though it did not make the list, it was the first one mentioned in the comments.

Another detective series I enjoyed is by author Arnaldur Indridason (Erlandur) The Reykjavik Thrillers.
The first one is "Jar City" for those interested.
 
2013-04-28 09:11:13 AM  

Metalupis: Ummm, no, leaving off both Nero Wolfe and Peter Whimsy is unforgivable


That's Lord Peter Whimsy to you, pleb.


/I've always wanted to see a Colombo story where he just ties the murderer to a chair and beats a confession out of him with a wrench.
 
2013-04-28 09:37:42 AM  
Most of "whom" subby.
 
2013-04-28 09:38:39 AM  
Not strictly speaking a detective, but no FLETCH?
 
2013-04-28 09:53:25 AM  
List fails without Sam deGroot, world's only private detective in an iron lung.
 
2013-04-28 09:53:28 AM  
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2013-04-28 10:03:46 AM  
Milo Milodragovitch & C.W. Sughrue deserve a mention.
 
2013-04-28 10:04:24 AM  
Hrmm, only read 2 of those characters, Dirk Gently and Jack Reacher (borrowed from my mom).  Never realized that it's just not my genre.

Although in a pinch I'll read anything.
 
2013-04-28 10:04:30 AM  

Metalupis: Ummm, no, leaving off both Nero Wolfe and Peter Whimsy is unforgivable


Leaving off Nero Wolfe means they have no clue what they're doing.

/pfui
 
2013-04-28 10:05:21 AM  
Encyclopedia Brown wouldn't drink you under a table but his pal Sally might.
 
2013-04-28 10:07:49 AM  
Why, it appears that the name of the most important detective in literary history has been left off this list!

Who could have done such a terrible thing?

TURN TO PAGE 62 FOR THE ANSWER!
 
2013-04-28 10:08:54 AM  
simlupost, buy me a Coke
 
2013-04-28 10:15:15 AM  

Metalupis: Ummm, no, leaving off both Nero Wolfe and Peter Whimsy is unforgivable


This. Addition: Inspector Alleyn.
 
2013-04-28 10:16:50 AM  
the listed list of lists listed in a list.
 
2013-04-28 10:17:14 AM  
List fails beyond comprehension without Robert Parker's "Spenser".
 
2013-04-28 10:21:17 AM  
No sign of Lovejoy (No 'Mister', just Lovejoy), but that's to be expected.  He just has misadventures while he's antiquing, and usually solves them through luck of the draw.

Walt Longmire would have been nice to see on the list.  Craig Johnson wrote the books, and they've even had one season's worth of mysteries on cable (A&E, I think).  The Wyoming setting's what drew me in to that series.

I'm also partial to Robert B. Parker's novels.  The chapters are about 4 pages each, broken down by scene, which makes them quick and easy reads.  Chief Stone is my favorite because he's a terse dickhead.  Sunny Randall's good too, but I have yet to read any Spenser books.
 
2013-04-28 10:21:32 AM  
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2013-04-28 10:23:56 AM  

hogans: I have yet to read any Spenser books.


Go get them all now.

/ now
 
2013-04-28 10:24:20 AM  

gunsmack: List fails beyond comprehension without Robert Parker's "Spenser".


Mollified by Poirots inclusion, but THIS
 
2013-04-28 10:26:44 AM  
"Inspector Bucket"

It's bou-QUET!
 
2013-04-28 10:27:36 AM  
What - no "Hardy Boys?"

/or "Nancy Drew?"

//same dude wrote them both
 
2013-04-28 10:31:39 AM  
No Ellery Queen?
 
2013-04-28 10:33:00 AM  
Agree about Nero Wolfe.
 
2013-04-28 10:36:53 AM  
How about Charlie Chan.
 
2013-04-28 10:36:54 AM  
List fails without the Boxcar Children.
 
2013-04-28 10:40:32 AM  
No Vimes?

Though I suppose he's more of a copper than a detective.
 
2013-04-28 10:46:43 AM  
I like Ken Bruen's Jack Taylor. The detective that Job feels pity for.
 
2013-04-28 10:51:57 AM  
I'm here to while that there was no mention of George Chesbro's Mongo Mysteries.
 
2013-04-28 10:52:38 AM  

CarnySaur: I'm here to whine that there was no mention of George Chesbro's Mongo Mysteries.


ftfm
 
2013-04-28 10:55:12 AM  
List fails w/o Robert B. Parker's Spenser, who redefined the private detective genre back in the day. I forgive a lot of the weak plots later in the series because of how incredible the first 10 books or so in the series were.

Also, no Nero Wolfe or Harry Bosch? WTF.
 
2013-04-28 11:04:41 AM  
Amos Walker by Loren Estleman, Alex McKnight by Steve Hamilton, Joe Pickett by C.J. Box and Cork O'Conner by William Kent Krueger are some personal favorites fwiw.
 
2013-04-28 11:19:23 AM  
Does Jessica Fletcher count? Being the Angel of Death, I'd say she has a pretty high alcohol tolerance.
 
2013-04-28 11:20:21 AM  
No Steve Carella of the 87th precinct?
 
2013-04-28 11:45:30 AM  
Too conventional to include  Tyrone Slothrop.
 
2013-04-28 11:46:02 AM  

this_is_ace: List fails w/o Robert B. Parker's Spenser, who redefined the private detective genre back in the day. I forgive a lot of the weak plots later in the series because of how incredible the first 10 books or so in the series were.

Also, no Nero Wolfe or Harry Bosch? WTF.


I agree on Spenser, Catskill Eagle is where it went off the rails a little. Still, 10 good ones in a series is pretty much all you can hope for. If I find a series with 10 good to great and another 5 to 10 above average, I'm pretty happy. Oh and no Nameless or Travis McGee either?
 
2013-04-28 11:48:13 AM  
Inspector Bucket from Bleak House, but no Sergeant Cuff from The Moonstone?

/Wilkie Collins continues to be the Jan Brady of Victorian English authors.
 
2013-04-28 11:50:08 AM  
Crappy list is crappy, obviously no brain cells were harmed in the making of this list.
 
2013-04-28 11:57:31 AM  
Harry Bosch (Connelly), Joe Pickett (CJ Box) and Luanne Fogarty (Glyn Marsh Alam) are some of my faves.  Also try Jeffrey Cohen's Aaron Tucker mysteries.  Always funny.
 
2013-04-28 11:57:44 AM  

drewogatory: this_is_ace: List fails w/o Robert B. Parker's Spenser, who redefined the private detective genre back in the day. I forgive a lot of the weak plots later in the series because of how incredible the first 10 books or so in the series were.

Also, no Nero Wolfe or Harry Bosch? WTF.

I agree on Spenser, Catskill Eagle is where it went off the rails a little. Still, 10 good ones in a series is pretty much all you can hope for. If I find a series with 10 good to great and another 5 to 10 above average, I'm pretty happy. Oh and no Nameless or Travis McGee either?


Completely agree about Catskill Eagle, and I can't believe I forgot about Travis McGee. I've got seven or eight of those novels on my bookshelf. It's been years since I've read them. Gonna have to go back now. Thanks for jogging my memory.

I'm not familiar with Nameless ... you're not referring the Continental Op there, are you?
 
2013-04-28 12:01:24 PM  

this_is_ace: drewogatory: this_is_ace: List fails w/o Robert B. Parker's Spenser, who redefined the private detective genre back in the day. I forgive a lot of the weak plots later in the series because of how incredible the first 10 books or so in the series were.

Also, no Nero Wolfe or Harry Bosch? WTF.

I agree on Spenser, Catskill Eagle is where it went off the rails a little. Still, 10 good ones in a series is pretty much all you can hope for. If I find a series with 10 good to great and another 5 to 10 above average, I'm pretty happy. Oh and no Nameless or Travis McGee either?

Completely agree about Catskill Eagle, and I can't believe I forgot about Travis McGee. I've got seven or eight of those novels on my bookshelf. It's been years since I've read them. Gonna have to go back now. Thanks for jogging my memory.

I'm not familiar with Nameless ... you're not referring the Continental Op there, are you?


No, Bill Pronzini's "Nameless Detective". Very traditional PI series, very long running. His wife Marcia Muller has an excellent series as well.
 
2013-04-28 12:05:42 PM  

drewogatory: this_is_ace: drewogatory: this_is_ace: List fails w/o Robert B. Parker's Spenser, who redefined the private detective genre back in the day. I forgive a lot of the weak plots later in the series because of how incredible the first 10 books or so in the series were.

Also, no Nero Wolfe or Harry Bosch? WTF.

I agree on Spenser, Catskill Eagle is where it went off the rails a little. Still, 10 good ones in a series is pretty much all you can hope for. If I find a series with 10 good to great and another 5 to 10 above average, I'm pretty happy. Oh and no Nameless or Travis McGee either?

Completely agree about Catskill Eagle, and I can't believe I forgot about Travis McGee. I've got seven or eight of those novels on my bookshelf. It's been years since I've read them. Gonna have to go back now. Thanks for jogging my memory.

I'm not familiar with Nameless ... you're not referring the Continental Op there, are you?

No, Bill Pronzini's "Nameless Detective". Very traditional PI series, very long running. His wife Marcia Muller has an excellent series as well.


Interesting. I've only read some of Pronzini's short fiction, so I'll have to look into that. I've stayed away from writing spouses after taking a chance on Jonathan Kellerman's wife, Faye. That woman's fiction is horrid.
 
2013-04-28 12:11:30 PM  
Interesting. I've only read some of Pronzini's short fiction, so I'll have to look into that. I've stayed away from writing spouses after taking a chance on Jonathan Kellerman's wife, Faye. That woman's fiction is horrid.

Muller is alot better than Kellerman, but as usual, the later books sprawl out with excess supporting characters, more outlandish plots etc. But the first few are pretty solid.
 
2013-04-28 12:14:10 PM  
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2013-04-28 12:17:18 PM  

drewogatory: Interesting. I've only read some of Pronzini's short fiction, so I'll have to look into that. I've stayed away from writing spouses after taking a chance on Jonathan Kellerman's wife, Faye. That woman's fiction is horrid.

Muller is alot better than Kellerman, but as usual, the later books sprawl out with excess supporting characters, more outlandish plots etc. But the first few are pretty solid.


Nice. Thanks for the recommendation. :-)
 
2013-04-28 12:32:27 PM  

skinink: No Ellery Queen?


I came in here to express disappointment with that too.  Glad to see I'm not the only one.
 
2013-04-28 12:38:10 PM  
They have Hammett's Sam Spade, but if we're focusing on brilliant literary detectives who were also power drinkers, they need to have Nick & Nora Charles (and Asta) near the top of the list...

/damn, I now have the urge to not get anything done and watch The Thin Man boxed set all afternoon...
 
2013-04-28 12:41:28 PM  
It had been raining hard in the city all Tuesday night when the bottle-blonde in a slinky red dress oozed into my office like karo syrup on a stack of dollar pancakes.   I had just finished solving a case of rye and was seeing double when she started her blubbering.  Said she needed my help.  Yeah, sure - They always do.

Trouble is my middle name.
 
2013-04-28 12:46:34 PM  

rjakobi: Encyclopedia Brown wouldn't drink you under a table but his pal Sally might.


Came here for Encyclopedia Brown, leaving after the the case is solved.
 
2013-04-28 12:53:44 PM  
The list included Jack Reacher?

I don't say this often but the appropriate word is 'FAIL'.
 
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