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The 30 Greatest Literary Detectives of All Time

From Shortlist: "Whodunit? It wasn't us, perhaps it was you. There's only one way to find out. Let's call for that most shadowy and exciting of literary creations – the crime-solving, riddle-repairing, mystery-mending sleuth.
From Sherlock Holmes to Kurt Wallander, by way of Sam Spade and Miss Marple, these characters have brightened up literature for decades. That they'll carry on doing so is an open and shut case that even foolhardy PI's such as ourselves could solve.
So, let's leave it to the big boys – and girls – eh? Without further ado, here are the 30 best literary sleuths known to man, woman or beast..."
First is an image of the literary sleuth - have you heard of him/her before?
Second is an image of a work in their canon - have you read that particular work?
Enjoy!!
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from shortlist.com · made by Simon Moetara
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Philip Marlowe (The Big Sleep)
Philip Marlowe (The Big Sleep)
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The Big Sleep
The Big Sleep
3
Sam Spade
Sam Spade
4
The Maltese Falcon
The Maltese Falcon
5
Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes
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Hound of the Baskervilles
Hound of the Baskervilles
7
Chief Inspector Reginald Wexford
Chief Inspector Reginald Wexford
8
From Doon With Death (Ruth Rendell)
From Doon With Death (Ruth Rendell)
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Detective Mike Hoolihan
Detective Mike Hoolihan
10
Night Train (Martin Amis)
Night Train (Martin Amis)
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Inspector Bucket
Inspector Bucket
12
Bleak House (Charles Dickens)
Bleak House (Charles Dickens)
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13
Miss Marple
Miss Marple
14
At Bertram's Hotel (Agatha Christie)
At Bertram's Hotel (Agatha Christie)
15
Arkady Renko
Arkady Renko
16
Gorky Park (Martin Cruz Smith)
Gorky Park (Martin Cruz Smith)
17
Smilla Qaaviqaaq Jaspersen
Smilla Qaaviqaaq Jaspersen
18
Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow
Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow
19
Inspector Morse
Inspector Morse
20
Last Bus to Woodstock (Colin Dexter)
Last Bus to Woodstock (Colin Dexter)
21
John Rebus
John Rebus
22
Knots and Crosses (Ian Rankin)
Knots and Crosses (Ian Rankin)
23
William of Baskerville
William of Baskerville
24
Name of the Rose
Name of the Rose
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25
Chief Inspector Adam Dalgliesh
Chief Inspector Adam Dalgliesh
26
Cover Her Face
Cover Her Face
27
Detective Chen Cao
Detective Chen Cao
28
Death of a Red Heroine (Qiu Xiaolong)
Death of a Red Heroine (Qiu Xiaolong)
29
Perry Mason
Perry Mason
30
The Case of the Velvet Claws (Erle Stanley Gardner)
The Case of the Velvet Claws (Erle Stanley Gardner)
31
Harry Hole
Harry Hole
32
The Bat
The Bat
33
C. Auguste Dupin
C. Auguste Dupin
34
The Murders in the Rue Morgue (Edgar Allan Poe)
The Murders in the Rue Morgue (Edgar Allan Poe)
35
Father Brown
Father Brown
36
Father Brown: The Essential Tales (G.K. Chesterton)
Father Brown: The Essential Tales (G.K. Chesterton)
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37
Maigret
Maigret
38
The Shadow Puppet (Georges Simenon)
The Shadow Puppet (Georges Simenon)
39
The Continental Op
The Continental Op
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Red Harvest (Dashiell Hammett)
Red Harvest (Dashiell Hammett)
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