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Old 04-29-01, 11:03 AM   #1
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Without a doubt, my favorite is Harry Bosch in the books by Michael Connelly.

A close second is Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta, although her last 2 books lack the intensity/suspense of the past novels.

Bringing up 3rd is Repairman Jack in the F. Paul Wilson books. Although his Repairman Jack character seems to investigate more towards the paranormal, his character is very slick.

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Old 04-29-01, 12:33 PM   #2
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Well of course Harry Bosch!

I also like Terry McCaleb from Blood Work and Darkness....

I'm not a Kay Scarpetta fan. Don't know why. I like the writing, but not the character.

I like Jack Reacher from the Lee Child books, although he's not really an investigator per say.

Also, Lou Boldt from the Ridley Pearson books is good.
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Old 04-29-01, 12:36 PM   #3
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I've not read many books with recurring investigative characters, but I have to say that I really kinda dig Kinsey Milhone from the Alphabet series by Sue Grafton. They're really pretty cool to listen to while driving, too.

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Old 04-29-01, 02:40 PM   #4
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I hate to mention this novel so much in this forum, but I just can't help myself. My favorite would be Lionel Essrog in Jonathan Lethem's Motherless Brooklyn. He's a Tourettic detective's assistant who is trying to solve the murder of his boss. It must be read to understand what a great character he is.
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Old 04-29-01, 05:51 PM   #5
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Lucas Davenportin John Sanford's books

Mark Beamon in Kyle Mill's books

Alex Cross isn't too bad in Patterson's novels

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Old 04-29-01, 11:22 PM   #6
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Well of course Harry Bosch!

I also like Terry McCaleb from Blood Work and Darkness....

I'm not a Kay Scarpetta fan. Don't know why. I like the writing, but not the character.

I like Jack Reacher from the Lee Child books, although he's not really an investigator per say.

Also, Lou Boldt from the Ridley Pearson books is good.
I loved how he merged McCaleb and Bosch in A Darkness More Than Night. Reading it was like watching a crossover of your 2 favorite TV shows. (I'm still waiting for the Oz/Soprano's crossover )

I've never read Lee Child, but what you said about Jack Reacher peaked my curiousity. What do you mean "he's not really an investigator per say." ? Or is it something where I would have to read one of the books to find out what you mean?

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Old 04-29-01, 11:39 PM   #7
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Encyclopedia Brown

Sherlock Holmes
Sam Spade
Phillip Marlowe

Haven't really read much, if any, more modern type stuff.



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Old 04-30-01, 01:09 AM   #8
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I've always liked Sherlock Holmes, in modern novels I like Alex Cross.
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Old 04-30-01, 04:00 AM   #9
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A tossup between these two

Liam Rhenford in a series of fantasy books by Daniel Hood:Garrett in a series of "metal" books by Glen Cook:
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Old 04-30-01, 07:14 AM   #10
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Lucas Davenport from John Sandford's Prey novels.
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Old 04-30-01, 07:55 AM   #11
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The Late Inspector Morse from the Collin Dexter novels

Lucas Davenport from the Prey novels

Lord Peter Wimsey from the Dorothy L Sayers novels

Hercule Poirot from the Agatha Christie novels

and of course Sherlock Holmes from the Doyle novels
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Old 04-30-01, 10:18 AM   #12
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I like Jack Reacher from the Lee Child books, although he's not really an investigator per say.

I'm reading my first Jack Reacher book, Die Trying right now. So far, it's very good.

Why has no one mentioned Elvis Cole and Joe Pike from Robert Crais' novels or Archy McNally from Lawrence Sanders?

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Old 04-30-01, 11:44 AM   #13
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Gregor Demarkian from Jane Haddam's holiday murder series. Great series if you like mystery.

Gotta add Encyclopedia Brown to 'keep it real.'
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Old 04-30-01, 12:28 PM   #14
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I've never read Lee Child, but what you said about Jack Reacher peaked my curiousity. What do you mean "he's not really an investigator per say." ? Or is it something where I would have to read one of the books to find out what you mean?
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Reacher is this former military guy who is just happens to always find trouble, and then has to figure out "what really happened." He's very smart, and without a doubt, the toughest SOB I've read in a long time.

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Old 04-30-01, 04:06 PM   #15
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Wow. No one mentioned Boston's best, Spenser, by Robert Parker. Great reads!
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Old 04-30-01, 06:23 PM   #16
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Henry Chinaski in Pulp by Charles Bukowski
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Old 05-04-01, 11:38 AM   #17
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Cole & Pike / Reacher

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I like Jack Reacher from the Lee Child books, although he's not really an investigator per say.

I'm reading my first Jack Reacher book, Die Trying right now. So far, it's very good.

Why has no one mentioned Elvis Cole and Joe Pike from Robert Crais' novels or Archy McNally from Lawrence Sanders?

Cole & Pike - superb choices.
Obviously (or not) Spenser & Hawk. - previously mentioned.
Harry Bosch used to be brilliant but I think he's taken a downturn since Angels Flight.
And let's throw in Stephanie Plum out of Janet Evanovichs series.
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Old 05-04-01, 12:34 PM   #18
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how about Andrew Vachss's anti-hero Burke?
Dark, dark, dark hard-boiled stuff.
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Old 05-04-01, 07:25 PM   #20
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Old 05-04-01, 08:13 PM   #21
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Re: Cole & Pike / Reacher

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Harry Bosch used to be brilliant but I think he's taken a downturn since Angels Flight.
Actually, there hasn't been a Bosch novel since Angel's Flight.

Bosch was in "Darkness...," but that was a Terry McCaleb novel.
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Old 05-05-01, 12:11 AM   #22
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Alex Cross is great. Whats her butt Scarpeta is good. Although, Scarpeta is a little too good. Can she possibly be more un-real than she is? Lets tone her down a bit.

I like the Kinsey Millhone series. She is a "lite" read. I wish she was a bit more tougher. I have been reading her series since A is for Alibi.

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Old 05-05-01, 06:24 AM   #23
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Re: Re: Cole & Pike / Reacher

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Harry Bosch used to be brilliant but I think he's taken a downturn since Angels Flight.
Actually, there hasn't been a Bosch novel since Angel's Flight.

Bosch was in "Darkness...," but that was a Terry McCaleb novel.
That was a heck of book though. I loved A Darkness More than Night.
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Old 05-05-01, 11:04 AM   #24
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how about Andrew Vachss's anti-hero Burke?
Dark, dark, dark hard-boiled stuff.
Amen, Burke is the baddest of the bad. Vachss pulls no punches and all of his books are great. I nominated 2 of his books, Born Bad and Hard Candy, for the May book club but no one seemed interested.

With people saying this :

"Burke would eat Spade and Marlowe for breakfast, not even spitting out the bones. [He] is one tough, mean, pray-god-you-don't-meet-him...hombre." -- Boston Herald

Burke is my obvious choice
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Detective/Mystery series investigators - who's the best?

I don't think there's a character around better for a battle than Lee Child's Jack Reacher, but what about the best all-around investigator?

If you had a crime that absolutely HAD to be solved, who would you want on the case?

Bosch?
Davenport?
Scarpetta?
Archer?
Cross?
twikoff?

Of all the series investigators, who do you think is the best?

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