Re: RARA-AVIS: My Top Twenty

From: W VR (
Date: 02 Apr 2002

After weeding out the characters I have not read (I have a lot of reading to do!) I was able to cut it down to under 100. From there I got it to 40 without too much trouble but the last 20 was tough. For whatever reason I ended up with about 15 must haves and then another 15 that were all great and hard to pare down.

Anyway, here are my picks:

35. C. W. Shugrue (series, James Crumley) 48. Clete Purcell (Dave Robicheaux series, James Lee Burke) 60. Dave Robicheaux (series, James Lee Burke) 62. Deputy Detective Carl Houseman (series, Donald Harstad) 67. Dimitri Karras (series, George Pelecanos) 70. Doc McCoy (GETAWAY, Jim Thompson) 82. Elvis Cole (series, Robert Crais) 107. Hap Collins & Leonard Pine (Hap & Leonard series, Joe R. Lansdale) 109. Harry aka Hieronymus Bosch (series, Michael Connelly) 122. Jack Reacher (series, Lee Child) 144. Jonathan Hemlock (EIGER SANCTION and LOO SANCTION, Trevanian) 146. Keller (HIT MAN and HIT LIST, Lawrence Block) 157. Lou Ford (KILLER INSIDE ME and WILD TOWN, Jim Thompson) 158. Lucas Davenport (Prey series, John Sandford) 171. Matthew Scudder (series, Lawrence Block) 184. Milo Milodragovitch (series, James Crumley) 202. Nick Stefanos (series, George Pelecanos) 227. Richard Bone (CUTTER AND BONE, Newton Thornburg) 253. The Continental Op (series, Dashiell Hammett) 272. Wyatt (series, Garry Disher)

Honorable Mention: 4. Alexander Cutter (CUTTER AND BONE, Newton Thornburg) I really liked this character (and book) but I couldn't cut anyone from above to include him!

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