Sleuthing


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Sleuthing

See also Crime Fighting.
Alleyn, Inspector
detective in Ngaio Marsh’s many mystery stories. [New Zealand Lit.: Harvey, 520]
Archer, Lew
tough solver of brutal crimes. [Am. Lit.: Herman, 94–96]
Brown, Father
Chesterton’s priest and amateur detective. [Br. Lit.: Herman, 20–21]
Bucket, Inspector
shrewd detective solves a murder and uncovers Lady Dedlock’s past. [Br. Lit.: Bleak House in Benét, 144]
Campion, Albert
unpretentious cerebral detective. [Br. Lit.: Herman, 31–33]
Carrados, Max
blind detective in stories by Ernest Bramah. [Br. Lit.: Barnhart, 159]
Carter, Nick
turn-of-the-century flatfoot. [Radio: “Nick Carter, Master Detective” in Buxton, 173-174]
Chan, Charlie
imperturbable Oriental gumshoe. [Am. Lit.: Her-man, 36–37; Comics: Horn, 165–166]
Charles, Nick
urbane and witty private detective. [Am. Lit.: The Thin Man]
Clouseau, Inspector Jacques
bungling French detective; inexplicably and with great asininity gets his man. [Am. Cinema: “The Pink Panther”]
Columbo
untidy, cigar-smoking mastermind. [TV: “NBC Mystery Movie” in Terrace, II, 141]
Cuff, Sergeant
first detective in English fiction. [Br. Lit.: The Moonstone in Benét, 683]
Drew, Nancy
teenage girl supersleuth. [Children’s Lit.: The Hidden Staircase]
Drummond, Bulldog
patriotic Englishman, hero of stories by Sapper. [Br. Lit.: Payton, 108]
Dupin, Auguste
ratiocinative solver of unsolvable crimes. [Am. Lit.: Poe “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”; “The Mystery of Marie Roget”; “The Purloined Letter”]
Fell, Dr. Gideon
fat, astute detective in John Dickson Carr’s mysteries. [Am. Lit.: Benét, 170]
Fosdick, Fearless
square-jawed, low-paid detective of question-able expertise and unquestionable obtuseness. [Comics: “Li’l Abner” in Horn, 450]
Hardy Boys
teenagers solve crimes and mysteries with detective father. [Children’s Lit.: Clue in the Embers; Twisted Claw; Tower Treasure]
Hawkshaw
implacable detective with photographic memory. [Br. Lit.: The Ticket-of-Leave Man, Barnhart, 546]
Holmes, Sherlock
the great detective; famous for deductive reasoning. [Br. Lit.: Payton, 316]
inverness
coat with cape; emblem of Sherlock Holmes. [Br. Costume and Lit.: Espy, 267]
Lane, Drury
Barney Ross’s deaf ex-actor and amateur detective. [Am. Lit.: Herman, 105]
Lecoq, Monsieur
meticulous detective; pride of French Sureté. [Fr. Lit.: Monsieur Lecoq]
Lestrade
bungling Scotland Yard foil to Sherlock Holmes. [Br. Lit.: Payton, 387]
Lupin, Arsène
murderer turned detective. [Fr. Lit.: Herman, 20]
magnifying glass
traditional detective equipment; from its use by Sherlock Holmes. [Br. Lit.: Payton, 473]
Maigret, Inspector
studiously precise detective; bases his work solidly on police methods. [Fr. Lit.: Herman, 114]
Mannix
private eye with unorthodox style. [TV: Terrace, II, 62]
Marlowe, Philip
hard-boiled but engaging private eye. [Am. Lit.: The Big Sleep; Farewell, My Lovely; The Long Goodbye]
Marple, Miss
sweet old lady, tougher than she seems. [Br. Lit.: Herman, 51–55]
Mason, Perry
attorney busier with detection than law. [Am. Lit.: Herman, 71–74]
Mayo, Asey
the “codfish Sherlock.” [Am. Lit.: Herman, 122–124]
McGee, Travis
tough private eye and tougher private avenger. [Am. Lit.: Herman, 92–94]
Moto, Mr
. clever Japanese detective. [Am. Cin.: Halliwell, 494]
Pinkertons
famous detective agency; founded in 1850. [Am. Hist.: Jameson, 392]
Poirot, Hercule
brainy, dandified genius in Christie mysteries. [Br. Lit.: Herman, 51–55]
Pollifax, Mrs
. redoubtable widow joins the C.I.A. [Am. Lit.: A Palm for Mrs. Pollifax]
Pudd’nhead Wilson
lawyer uses fingerprint evidence to win his client’s acquittal and expose the true murderer. [Am. Lit.: Mark Twain Pudd’nhead Wilson; Benét, 824]
Queen, Ellery
dilettantish private investigator. [Am. Lit.: Her-man, 105]
Rabbi, the
Rabbi David Small solves crimes using his Talmudic training. [Am. Lit.: Friday the Rabbi Slept Late]
Saint, the
dashing diviner of knotty puzzles. [Radio: Buxton, 206; TV: Terrace, II, 264]
Spade, Sam
hard-boiled private eye. [Am. Lit.: Herman, 79–82]
Strangeways, Nigel
urbane solver of intricate crimes. [Br. Lit.: Herman, 37–38]
Thatcher, John Putnam
charming, civilized, urbane detective. [Am. Lit.: Herman, 86–87]
Tibbs, Virgil
California’s brilliant, black detective. [Am. Lit.: In the Heat of the Night]
Tracy, Dick
square-chinned detective of police comic strip. [Comics: Horn, 206]
Vance, Philo
impressively learned, polished, and urbane detective. [Am. Lit.: Herman, 22, 126–127]
Wimsey, Lord Peter
Shakespeare-quoting gentleman turned amateur detective. [Br. Lit.: Herman, 113–114]
Wolfe, Nero
corpulent, lazy, but persevering crime-solver. [Am. Lit.: Herman, 119–122]
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