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

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

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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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  1. 1
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    - 6

    Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

  2. 2
    + 21
    - 5

    Harry Bosch (Michael Connelly)

  3. 3
    + 23
    - 8

    Kay Scarpetta (Patricia Cornwell)

  4. 4
    + 18
    - 5

    Philip Marlowe (Raymond Chandler)

  5. 5
    + 20
    - 7

    James Bond (Ian Fleming)

  6. 6
    + 21
    - 8

    Jack Reacher (Lee Child)

  7. 7
    + 19
    - 7

    Alex Cross (James Patterson)

  8. 8
    + 17
    - 6

    Travis McGee (John D. McDonald)

  9. 9
    + 16
    - 6

    Jane Rizzoli (Tess Gerritsen)

  10. 10
    + 17
    - 7

    Lucas Davenport (John Sandford)

  11. 11
    + 13
    - 5

    Virgil Flowers (John Sandford)

  12. 12
    + 14
    - 6

    Dave Robicheaux (James Lee Burke)

  13. 13
    + 16
    - 8

    Myron Bolitar (Harlan Coben)

  14. 14
    + 11
    - 4

    Burke (Andrew Vachss)

  15. 15
    + 13
    - 6

    Lew Archer (John Macdonald)

  16. 16
    + 15
    - 8

    Hercule Poirot (Agatha Christie)

  17. 17
    + 6
    - 1

    added by elmien18

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  18. 18
    + 9
    - 5

    Dirk Pitt (Clive Cussler)

  19. 19
    + 12
    - 9

    added by Kate Kavanagh
    Alex Delaware (Jonathan Kellerman)

  20. 20
    + 10
    - 7

    Elvis Cole (Robert Crais)

  21. 21
    + 8
    - 6

    added by Joanne
    Oliver Stone (David Baldacci)

  22. 22
    + 9
    - 10

    Matthew Scudder (Lawrence Block)

  23. 23
    + 6
    - 14

    Matt Helm (Donald Hamilton)

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