In the previous post, The World of Crime Fiction, I talked briefly about the origins of crime fiction. In this post I present you a list of detectives around the world.
Ian Rankin’s John Rebus books set in Edinburgh are engrossing tales of a misanthropic policeman who solves crime ordinarily or extraordinarily committed.
Set in Reykjavik, Arnaldur Indridason’s Inspector Erlendur novels have the bleak setting, social realism and gentle pacing associated with Scandinavian noir.
Ann Cleeves’ Raven Black, the first in Shetland Quartet. It’s an inspired location, with its bleak landscape and close-knit community for detective Jimmy Perez to unpick.
Wilkie Collins’s The Moonstone is revered as much for its sophisticated plot as for its status as the first British detective story. But the setting – a remote country house in Yorkshire – is a big part of its appeal.
Inspector Morse is really the last of a type, the glum intellectual copper, happier solving murders over a pint than in a forensics lab. Colin Dexter’s novels revel in their donnish Oxford setting.
Donna Leon Commissario Brunetti series is based in the city of Venice and is an amazing perspective on the darker side of this city and of course he may be the only detective who doesn’t own a car but travel through gondolas.
Caleb Carr’s The Alienist is based in New York City. Fast-paced and gripping, infused with a historian’s exactitude, a different image of New York during an age when questioning society’s belief that all killers are born, not made, could have unexpected and mortal consequences.