I'm actually wanting to know: Who are today's most read sleuths? Do you believe in team - crime solvers or does it only work for you if there is one detective? Things like this are what I am wondering.
Please, do tell.
My personal preference is for police procedurals with a main character and some minor parts.
And unlike most people, I like novels that are set in foreign countries.
James Patterson's Alex Cross is the most read sleuth, certainly -- a couple of million new reads every year.
Lee Child's Jack Reacher sells a ton.
My favorite is Elvis Cole, a private eye in Los Angeles, the creation of Robert Crais.
One sleuth and his tough sidekick is the most common combination, I'd guess.
The reason I'm asking is that I wrote a novel for a general audience which can be called 'crime fiction' but
I don't think it follows these standard formats. I don't usually read mysteries, but have read all the Sherlock Holmes and Nancy Drew & the Hardy Boys and watched...Scooby Doo and some TV movies that have a sleuth, including Msr. Poirot but also Murder She wrote...so I'm not sure if I"m really clear on how this genre works in print nowadays, in 2011 or not.
I must admit to having a bit of a (metaphoric) hard on for John Sandford's character, Virgil Flowers. (Miriam, that's also a police procedural).
Also, Karin Slaughter's Special Agent Will Trent (smart, honest, damaged).