With Ian Rankin bringing back his popular Rebus character in his new book Standing in Another Man’s Grave, it made us think of other brooding detectives in fiction. We put together a list of other sleuths you may find as engaging as the hard case, Scottich DI.
First Book: Lock 14
The original moody police detective. Maigret’s mysteries have as much to do with life and French society as they do with murder. Still one of the greatest existential sleuths of all time.
First Book: Blood Of The Wicked
Silva is a rarity in San Paulo, Brazil – an honest cop. From an upper class family, he carries a dark history, delving into every social strata in his city for justice.
First Book: The Good Son
An ex-copper turned PI in Dundee Scotland, McNee carries a smart mouth and a lot of baggage. His cases, like The Lost Sister, prove to be both emotionally and physically harrowing.
First & Only Book: A Death In Mexico
Diaz is a policeman in cartel-controlled Mexico. Even though there are few vices he turns down, he has a personal sense of honor. Possibly the funniest of our picks.
First Book: Shatter
O’Laughlin is a British psychiatrist, who consults with the police and is suffering from Parkinson’s disease. Helooks into the most twisted minds of his country. His banter with ex-copper pal Ruiz is reminiscent of the way Rebus talks with his partners.