RARA-AVIS: My Top Twenty

From: Bludis Jack ( buildsnburns@yahoo.com)
Date: 01 Apr 2002

My Top Twenty--

The first six in order of what I think is their importance--although not necessarily my personal favorites. The others are alphabetical.

All twenty, I consider "the best" when I Compare them to the others on the larger list.


1. The Continental Op (series, Dashiell Hammett)

2. Philip Marlowe (series, Raymond Chandler)

3. Sam Spade (THE MALTESE FALCON, Dashiell Hammett)

4. Maigret (series, Georges Simenon)

5. Travis McGee (series, John D. MacDonald)
  6. Mike Hammer (series, Mickey Spillane)


Arkady Renko (series, Martin Cruz Smith)

Amos Walker (series, Loren D. Estleman)

Chili Palmer (GET SHORTY and BE COOL, Elmore Leonard)

Dave Robicheaux (series, James Lee Burke)

Easy Rawlins (series, Walter Mosley)

Fast Eddie Felson (THE HUSTLER, Walter Tevis)

George Smiley (series, John Le Carre)

Hannibal Lecter (series, Thomas Harris)

John Francis Cuddy (Cuddy series, Jeremiah Healy)

Kinsey Millhone (series, Sue Grafton)

Matthew Scudder (series, Lawrence Block)

Miles Jacoby (series , Robert J. Randisi)

V.I. Warshawski (series, Sara Paretsky)

Jack Bludis

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