Re: RARA-AVIS: Sleuth Poll/"America's"

From: Stewart Wilson (
Date: 20 Jul 2006

A top-25 'sleuth 'list has to be restrictive in some sense at least; we had many differences in the top 100s HB lists a few summers back. However, the proposed top 25 here seems to have very little in the way of HB or noir. By my count only two of the 'sleuths' fit. While Spade and Rockford are damn good fits, it seems sad to me the list is mostly about detectives in TV and old film. It's hard for me to muster too much enthusiasm for an American top-25 sleuth list that don't at least include Scudder, Shugrue, Milodragovitch, Moseley (okay so he's a cop), Stephanos, Hammer, Archer, Marlowe and Griffin. But hey, I'm not American, so maybe I shouldn't get a vote on this.


On 7/20/06, Joy Matkowski <> wrote:
> I figured it must mean "liked by Americans," Karin, because I assumed
> Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple would be on the list, but when I checked,
> they weren't there. Sherlock Holmes is on the list, though, so my theory
> still holds, unless Holmes is somehow partly American, like Winston
> Churchill.
> Joy, whose favorite sleuth right now is Kemal Kayankaya
> Karin Montin asked:
> > Does "America's" mean "American" or liked by Americans?
> RE:
> >>Now, I'm getting a chance to incorporate my love of crime fiction at
> >>my day job. I'm a senior producer with NBC News Productions, and
> >>working on a project for NBC's new crime and mystery channel, SLEUTH,
> >>that may interest the list. The program is a 90 minute countdown of
> >>the top 25 sleuths from film and tv, called "America's Top Sleuths."

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