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Hi, I was wondering if anyone could recommend some books (crime or thriller or cosy mystery - it doesn't matter), where the main detective has a sidekick who is also a big part of the story and not ineffectual. I have read Poirot, Sherlock Holmes, Nero Wolfe, Harlan Coben, Michael Jecks and probably some others that I don't remember. :D Thanks in advance.
Elvis Cole has Joe Pike and vice versa - Robert Crais is the author. I'd never call Pike ineffectual.
The Bill James novels about Colin Harpur (Detective Chief Inspector) and Desmond Iles (Assistant Chief Constable) are wonderful. But I'm not sure which of them would be considered the "sidekick".
Ah, yes. :) I've read them Dorothy L. Sayers , thanks for reminding me. And thanks everyone else for the recs. :DD
One of the articles on my blog is about sidekicks. Its at http://booksmoviesandgames.wordpress.com/
Most sidekicks are what 'make' the story, my #1 love is Archie Goodwin.
I'm currently hooked on the Barker and Llewellyn series by Will Thomas. Llewellyn narrates, has a unique backstory, plays a key role in each mystery.
There are a couple of sidekick articles that have lists of sidekicks here:
http://www.criminalelement.com/blogs/2011/12/crime-fictions-ten-greatest-bromanc... (The article is mostly TV, but there are some intriguing books in the comments.)
Craig Johnson has some great books with a detective and a very non-inconsequential side-kick who is American Indian. I know that isn't PC but read the books and you will understand
Haven't you heard? Using the word "Indian" (unless you are talking about someone from India, and even then be careful) is verboten. I know it is hard to keep up with the PC rules since they change daily, but be aware, any slip, however innocent, can and will be used against you in a court of law.
well it isn't with actual Indians. they don't call themselves Native Americans. They haven't clamored to change the Bureau of Indian Affairs to the Bureau of Native American Affairs. It's just a product of white guilt.
Joe Pickett has Nate Romanowski in C.J. Box's series, who's a bit like Spenser's pal Hawk in violent efficiency.
James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux series has Clete Purcell as Dave's cuddly, alcoholic side-kick. While he doesn't feature in every book (most of them anyway), he certainly makes an impression.
17- That's my point and a point that is made in the Craig Johnson books, although it isn't a major issue in the stories. Sorry, don't want to sidetrack the point of the post. Enough said about political correctness vis-a-vis Indians or any other nationality.
Win Lockwood, wealthy sidekick to Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar - and not to leave out Esperanza, the former wrestling champ...
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