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List Rules 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 Co... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top 20 Best Fictional Crime Stoppers (and Their Authors)
Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

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Harry Bosch (Michael Connelly) is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top 20 Best Fictional Crime Stoppers (and Their Authors)
Harry Bosch (Michael Connelly)

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Kay Scarpetta (Patricia Cornwe... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top 20 Best Fictional Crime Stoppers (and Their Authors)
Kay Scarpetta (Patricia Cornwell)

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James Bond (Ian Fleming) is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top 20 Best Fictional Crime Stoppers (and Their Authors)
James Bond (Ian Fleming)

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Jack Reacher (Lee Child) is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top 20 Best Fictional Crime Stoppers (and Their Authors)
Jack Reacher (Lee Child)

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Philip Marlowe (Raymond Chandl... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top 20 Best Fictional Crime Stoppers (and Their Authors)
Philip Marlowe (Raymond Chandler)

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Alex Cross (James Patterson) is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top 20 Best Fictional Crime Stoppers (and Their Authors)
Alex Cross (James Patterson)

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Travis McGee (John D. McDonald... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top 20 Best Fictional Crime Stoppers (and Their Authors)
Travis McGee (John D. McDonald)

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Lucas Davenport (John Sandford... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top 20 Best Fictional Crime Stoppers (and Their Authors)
Lucas Davenport (John Sandford)

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Jane Rizzoli (Tess Gerritsen) is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top 20 Best Fictional Crime Stoppers (and Their Authors)
Jane Rizzoli (Tess Gerritsen)

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Virgil Flowers (John Sandford) is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top 20 Best Fictional Crime Stoppers (and Their Authors)
Virgil Flowers (John Sandford)

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Myron Bolitar (Harlan Coben) is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top 20 Best Fictional Crime Stoppers (and Their Authors)
Myron Bolitar (Harlan Coben)

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Dave Robicheaux (James Lee Bur... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top 20 Best Fictional Crime Stoppers (and Their Authors)
Dave Robicheaux (James Lee Burke)

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Hercule Poirot (Agatha Christi... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top 20 Best Fictional Crime Stoppers (and Their Authors)
Hercule Poirot (Agatha Christie)

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Burke (Andrew Vachss) is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top 20 Best Fictional Crime Stoppers (and Their Authors)
Burke (Andrew Vachss)

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Lew Archer (John Macdonald) is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top 20 Best Fictional Crime Stoppers (and Their Authors)
Lew Archer (John Macdonald)

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Alex Delaware (Jonathan Keller... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top 20 Best Fictional Crime Stoppers (and Their Authors)
Alex Delaware (Jonathan Kellerman)

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Dirk Pitt (Clive Cussler) is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top 20 Best Fictional Crime Stoppers (and Their Authors)
Dirk Pitt (Clive Cussler)

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Temperance Brennan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top 20 Best Fictional Crime Stoppers (and Their Authors)

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Elvis Cole (Robert Crais) is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top 20 Best Fictional Crime Stoppers (and Their Authors)
Elvis Cole (Robert Crais)

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Oliver Stone (David Baldacci) is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top 20 Best Fictional Crime Stoppers (and Their Authors)
Oliver Stone (David Baldacci)

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Matthew Scudder (Lawrence Bloc... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top 20 Best Fictional Crime Stoppers (and Their Authors)
Matthew Scudder (Lawrence Block)

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Matt Helm (Donald Hamilton) is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top 20 Best Fictional Crime Stoppers (and Their Authors)
Matt Helm (Donald Hamilton)