Top 20 Best Fictional Crime Stoppers (and Their Authors) Anything
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Top 20 Best Fictional Crime Stoppers (and Their Authors)

List Criteria: Must appear in a minimum of four novels as the primary character.

This list is one man's opinion of the top 20 greatest fictional crime fighting sleuths ever in print. As a lifelong reader with a voracious appetite for crime solving fiction, I feel I have a strong case to be made for creating this list.

To make my list the sleuth had to be an ongoing character appearing in a minimum of four books. I chose to maintain a very loose definition of the word sleuth, but the end result for each is the same...the "bad" guys were stopped, a crime was prevented or solved, and the good guy lived.

If you feel my list is missing someone, please add to my list and rank accordingly. If you agree with who's on my list, but don't like the way I have them ranked...feel free to change their ranking.
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    Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

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    Kay Scarpetta (Patricia Cornwell)

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    Harry Bosch (Michael Connelly)

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    Philip Marlowe (Raymond Chandler)

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    Jack Reacher (Lee Child)

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    Travis McGee (John D. McDonald)

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    Alex Cross (James Patterson)

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    James Bond (Ian Fleming)

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    Jane Rizzoli (Tess Gerritsen)

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    Lucas Davenport (John Sandford)

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    Virgil Flowers (John Sandford)

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    Dave Robicheaux (James Lee Burke)

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    Myron Bolitar (Harlan Coben)

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    Burke (Andrew Vachss)

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    Lew Archer (John Macdonald)

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    added by: elmien18
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    Hercule Poirot (Agatha Christie)

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    Dirk Pitt (Clive Cussler)

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    Elvis Cole (Robert Crais)

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    Alex Delaware (Jonathan Kellerman)

    added by: Kate Kavanagh
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    Oliver Stone (David Baldacci)

    added by: Joanne
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    Matthew Scudder (Lawrence Block)

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    Matt Helm (Donald Hamilton)

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