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.
This is actually another vote for the incorrectly listed #16 which you have attributed to John Macdonald whereas the author is Ross Macdonald. John Macdonald did not write Lew Archer. Kenneth Millar under the pen name of Ross Macdonald did giving us such great novels ssuch as The Drowning Pool, The Chill, The Galton Case, Black Money and the Instant Enemy as well as many others. The true inheritor of the Chandler/Hammett school who even critic Anthony Boucher claimed that Macdonald (ROSS!) was a better writer than rither Chandler or Hammett