The greatest fictional detective...

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The greatest fictional detective...

Postby C » 26 Feb 2021, 16:48

....it's got to be Columbo

I am a massive fan and addict.

I have seen every episode umpteen times

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Re: The greatest fictional detective...

Postby Darkness_Fish » 26 Feb 2021, 16:53

Got to be Rebus for me, but not on TV. Solves crimes by hanging around Edinburgh bars, drinking with unsavoury types. Sounds like the perfect job.
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Postby Samoan » 26 Feb 2021, 17:18

Darkness_Fish wrote:Got to be Rebus for me, but not on TV. Solves crimes by hanging around Edinburgh bars, drinking with unsavoury types. Sounds like the perfect job.

I haven't read any of the novels but Rebus is a big favourite of mine too although not John Hannah's Rebus but Ken Stott. I think he's incredibly attractive, particularly his accent.
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Re: The greatest fictional detective...

Postby C » 26 Feb 2021, 18:43

Darkness_Fish wrote:drinking with unsavoury types.


I prefer a scruffy raincoat, a filthy cigar and a beat up Peugeot

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Re: The greatest fictional detective...

Postby Belle Lettre » 26 Feb 2021, 18:54

Maigret for me. Currently working my way through the lot.
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Re: The greatest fictional detective...

Postby toomanyhatz » 26 Feb 2021, 19:34

Eazy Rawlins or Jim Rockford. (Both LA PIs! They should work together!)
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Re: The greatest fictional detective...

Postby Fonz » 26 Feb 2021, 19:35

Holmes is a good choice, and Morse an even better one, but I’m going for Dave Brandstetter.
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Re: The greatest fictional detective...

Postby GoogaMooga » 26 Feb 2021, 19:47

Columbo, with Kojak a close second. They are almost polar opposites of each other. One cajoles, the other barks orders. Columbo is devious, Kojak is more direct. I love those cat and mouse games in "Columbo", and all the establishing scenes where he arrives at the scene of the crime, usually early in the morning, all sleepy-eyed, morning cigar in hand, his hair all tousled, and the habitual request for a cup of coffee which is brought to him. To me they are the key moments in the series. They are almost like a ritual. No other detective show has been repeated more often on Danish TV; only "The Persuaders" show comes anywhere near the cult of "Columbo".
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Re: The greatest fictional detective...

Postby Flower » 26 Feb 2021, 19:50

Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg ... I wish that Fred Vargas would write more books.

Reg Wexford would be my second choice (Ruth Rendell can't write anymore books)
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Re: The greatest fictional detective...

Postby souphound » 26 Feb 2021, 20:35

Clouseau is on my good side mes amis.
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Re: The greatest fictional detective...

Postby Charlie O. » 26 Feb 2021, 20:55

I'm with C and Googa on Columbo (I've watched the entire run twice in the past year), and with souphound on Clouseau.
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Re: The greatest fictional detective...

Postby kath » 26 Feb 2021, 20:56

i do love columbo. brought up on it... as TV detectives go.

i don't know who rebus is. must consult with my sister, the maniac mystery fan.

i used to read scads of mysteries when i was young, but they're all pretty old skool.

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Re: The greatest fictional detective...

Postby Positive Passion » 26 Feb 2021, 21:18

On TV, it is Rockford, though Joan Hickson's version of Jane Marple is also outstanding.

On paper, there's no question that Holmes, Maigret and Poirot are the greatest.

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Re: The greatest fictional detective...

Postby Dr. Baron » 26 Feb 2021, 21:40

I wonder whether there is a meaningful distinction to be made for the purposes of this thread between a detective (who is a cop) and a private detective (who is not a cop). Maybe it doesn’t matter, but I think of them differently.
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Re: The greatest fictional detective...

Postby souphound » 26 Feb 2021, 22:09

Charlie O. wrote:I'm with C and Googa on Columbo (I've watched the entire run twice in the past year), and with souphound on Clouseau.



Columbo was very popular here in French at the time. My whole family was nuts for him. I liked him too, but only when the hockey wasn't on.

Funnily enough, I haven't read a whole lot of detective/cop type stories. Absolutely, Agatha Christie had some great stuff to offer and I read a few of hers, but my main literary interests lay elsewhere than that genre overall. I still have a few unread books of the type here now. I wonder if maybe my tastes have changed over time. May just try one soon.
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Postby Charlie O. » 26 Feb 2021, 22:56

souphound wrote:Funnily enough, I haven't read a whole lot of detective/cop type stories. Absolutely, Agatha Christie had some great stuff to offer and I read a few of hers, but my main literary interests lay elsewhere than that genre overall. I still have a few unread books of the type here now. I wonder if maybe my tastes have changed over time. May just try one soon.

I'm the same way. When I was a youngster, I loved a series of books featuring boy detective Leroy "Encyclopedia" Brown (and his cohort Sally, the muscle of the operation) solving local crimes - usually petty ones (school bully Bugs Meany was frequently the culprit), but sometimes more serious ones (his dad was the police chief, and would often ask Leroy's advice on cases). I read all of those books that I could get my hands on, but somehow it didn't translate into pursuing mystery books as an adult.
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Re: The greatest fictional detective...

Postby Lord Rother » 26 Feb 2021, 23:10

Columbo was great but they were so so formulaic.

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Re: The greatest fictional detective...

Postby C » 26 Feb 2021, 23:13

GoogaMooga wrote:the habitual request for a cup of coffee which is brought to him. [Columbo]


Don't forget the boiled egg and disposing of the shell...





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