... not since Chandler has a crime writer caught Los Angeles so well.
Detectives are the enduring heroes of the crime genre, men and women whose character quirks and foibles remain with us long after the details of the mysteries they solved have been forgotten.
In any story, it is the characters who see the reader through to the end, becoming the friends we wonder about when not buried nose-deep in one of their adventures.
But in my list of top detectives I noticed a recurring theme - it is not just the heroes of the story who have impressed me, but the use of location as a supporting actor, a character in and of itself.
Few writers in any genre can capture a city’s mood so well...