Well represented in TV shows and comic books, the US has a strong history of crime stopping twosomes (Batman & Robin, Starsky & Hutch etc…) but what about in crime novels? Most of the best characters seem to be the lone-wolf types. So who are the best US based hero/sidekick pairings?
I’ve come up with:
Stout’s Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin
Coben’s Myron Bolitar and Win Horne Lockwood III
Deaver’s Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs
Crais’s Elvis Cole and Joe Pike
Gerritsen’s Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles
But there must be more great crime solving duos out there.
As THIS LINK shows, British literature is full of them.
Not heard of the term "psycho sidekick" before but it makes sense.
British sidekicks are used more as a sounding board, asking questions on behalf of the reader and often narrating the story. In the golden age they were known as "the Watson" character for the obvious reason.
I asked curiously...
Why the crime duos?
How could we overlook
Batman and Robin
Castle and Beckett
Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings
Starskey and Hutch
Baretta and that damn bird
Someone's not read the small print.