Who are the great American crime fighting duos from literature?

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.

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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.


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