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594. Sleuthing (See also Crime Fighting.)

  1. Alleyn, Inspector detective in Ngaio Marshs many mystery stories. [New Zealand Lit.: Harvey, 520]
  2. Archer, Lew tough solver of brutal crimes. [Am. Lit.: Herman, 9496]
  3. Brown, Father Chestertons priest and amateur detective. [Br. Lit.: Herman, 2021]
  4. Bucket, Inspector shrewd detective solves a murder and uncovers Lady Dedlocks past. [Br. Lit.: Bleak House in Benét, 144]
  5. Campion, Albert unpretentious cerebral detective. [Br. Lit.: Herman, 3133]
  6. Carrados, Max blind detective in stories by Ernest Bramah. [Br. Lit.: Barnhart, 159]
  7. Carter, Nick turn-of-the-century flatfoot. [Radio: Nick Carter, Master Detective in Buxton, 173-174]
  8. Chan, Charlie imperturbable Oriental gumshoe. [Am. Lit.: Her-man, 3637; Comics: Horn, 165166]
  9. Charles, Nick urbane and witty private detective. [Am. Lit.: The Thin Man ]
  10. Clouseau, Inspector Jacques bungling French detective; inexplicably and with great asininity gets his man. [Am. Cinema: The Pink Panther]
  11. Columbo untidy, cigar-smoking mastermind. [TV: NBC Mystery Movie in Terrace, II, 141]
  12. Cuff, Sergeant first detective in English fiction. [Br. Lit.: The Moonstone in Benét, 683]
  13. Drew, Nancy teenage girl supersleuth. [Childrens Lit.: The Hidden Staircase ]
  14. Drummond, Bulldog patriotic Englishman, hero of stories by Sapper. [Br. Lit.: Payton, 108]
  15. Dupin, Auguste ratiocinative solver of unsolvable crimes. [Am. Lit.: Poe The Murders in the Rue Morgue; The Mystery of Marie Roget; The Purloined Letter]
  16. Fell, Dr. Gideon fat, astute detective in John Dickson Carrs mysteries. [Am. Lit.: Benét, 170]
  17. Fosdick, Fearless square-jawed, low-paid detective of question-able expertise and unquestionable obtuseness. [Comics: Lil Abner in Horn, 450]
  18. Hardy Boys teenagers solve crimes and mysteries with detective father. [Childrens Lit.: Clue in the Embers; Twisted Claw; Tower Treasure ]
  19. Hawkshaw implacable detective with photographic memory. [Br. Lit.: The Ticket-of-Leave Man, Barnhart, 546]
  20. Holmes, Sherlock the great detective; famous for deductive reasoning. [Br. Lit.: Payton, 316]
  21. inverness coat with cape; emblem of Sherlock Holmes. [Br. Costume and Lit.: Espy, 267]
  22. Lane, Drury Barney Rosss deaf ex-actor and amateur detective. [Am. Lit.: Herman, 105]
  23. Lecoq, Monsieur meticulous detective; pride of French Sureté. [Fr. Lit.: Monsieur Lecoq ]
  24. Lestrade bungling Scotland Yard foil to Sherlock Holmes. [Br. Lit.: Payton, 387]
  25. Lupin, Arsène murderer turned detective. [Fr. Lit.: Herman, 20]
  26. magnifying glass traditional detective equipment; from its use by Sherlock Holmes. [Br. Lit.: Payton, 473]
  27. Maigret, Inspector studiously precise detective; bases his work solidly on police methods. [Fr. Lit.: Herman, 114]
  28. Mannix private eye with unorthodox style. [TV: Terrace, II, 62]
  29. Marlowe, Philip hard-boiled but engaging private eye. [Am. Lit.: The Big Sleep; Farewell, My Lovely; The Long Goodbye ]
  30. Marple, Miss sweet old lady, tougher than she seems. [Br. Lit.: Herman, 5155]
  31. Mason, Perry attorney busier with detection than law. [Am. Lit.: Herman, 7174]
  32. Mayo, Asey the codfish Sherlock. [Am. Lit.: Herman, 122124]
  33. McGee, Travis tough private eye and tougher private avenger. [Am. Lit.: Herman, 9294]
  34. Moto, Mr . clever Japanese detective. [Am. Cin.: Halliwell, 494]
  35. Pinkertons famous detective agency; founded in 1850. [Am. Hist.: Jameson, 392]
  36. Poirot, Hercule brainy, dandified genius in Christie mysteries. [Br. Lit.: Herman, 5155]
  37. Pollifax, Mrs . redoubtable widow joins the C.I.A. [Am. Lit.: A Palm for Mrs. Pollifax ]
  38. Puddnhead Wilson lawyer uses fingerprint evidence to win his clients acquittal and expose the true murderer. [Am. Lit.: Mark Twain Puddnhead Wilson ; Benét, 824]
  39. Queen, Ellery dilettantish private investigator. [Am. Lit.: Her-man, 105]
  40. Rabbi, the Rabbi David Small solves crimes using his Talmudic training. [Am. Lit.: Friday the Rabbi Slept Late ]
  41. Saint, the dashing diviner of knotty puzzles. [Radio: Buxton, 206; TV: Terrace, II, 264]
  42. Spade, Sam hard-boiled private eye. [Am. Lit.: Herman, 7982]
  43. Strangeways, Nigel urbane solver of intricate crimes. [Br. Lit.: Herman, 3738]
  44. Thatcher, John Putnam charming, civilized, urbane detective. [Am. Lit.: Herman, 8687]
  45. Tibbs, Virgil Californias brilliant, black detective. [Am. Lit.: In the Heat of the Night ]
  46. Tracy, Dick square-chinned detective of police comic strip. [Comics: Horn, 206]
  47. Vance, Philo impressively learned, polished, and urbane detective. [Am. Lit.: Herman, 22, 126127]
  48. Wimsey, Lord Peter Shakespeare-quoting gentleman turned amateur detective. [Br. Lit.: Herman, 113114]
  49. Wolfe, Nero corpulent, lazy, but persevering crime-solver. [Am. Lit.: Herman, 119122]