questionswho is the best fictional detective and/ or cop…

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my favorites are Mike Hammer or Spenser, but for best on finding clues, solving cases, and interrogations, it'd have to be patrick jane.

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A girl never forgets her first Girl Detective: titian haired Nancy Drew.

You know, that girl got knocked on the head quite a lot over the years!

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@kamikazeken: While I agree on Hammer and Spenser I have to disgree on another point- I hate Patrick Jane.

Fav cop would have to be Harry Callahan.

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if we're talking favorite TV COP, I'm thinking charlie crews from the show "Life". LA cop wrongly convicted of murder, sentenced to life, wife divorces him, conviction gets overturned, he wins mutli-million dollar settlement, and part of settlement was he gets his job back too. Super-rich cop out to find the truth, no matter who he pisses off. Oh, and he keeps pulling over his ex-wife's new man.

Favorite MOVIE COP would have to be either Robocop or John McClane

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Harry Dresden. I mean, he uses magic.

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Hmmm...

These came to mind fairly quickly:

Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Sherlock Holmes, Encyclopedia Brown, Patrick Jane, Adrian Monk, Columbo, Thomas Magnum, Harry Dresden, Adam Dalgliesh, Inspector Morse, Jane Tennison (the British one, not the US one), Dr Quincy, Dexter.

Of these, I think I'd go with Poirot, though Columbo and Dr. Quincy were also pretty good.

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Batman - More detective than cop, but he works with the cops and operates by similar morals (aiming to apprehend the bad guys and let the courts deal with dispensing the justice...although he's a bit more liberal with the maiming).

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Inspector Clouseau...hands down.

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Ah, I see the two people that actually saw "Zero Effect" came across this Q.

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Brother Cadfael, Miss Marple, Adam Dalgliesh, Inspector Morse, and Nero Wolf.

Can't really choose between them.

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@lavikinga: Agreed! And I spent years trying to find out just what hair color is titian! And trying to understand what a rumble seat was!

@lpgstock: Also loved Jim Rockford (and his dad, Rocky, and dodgy buddy, Angel). Strange that these shows haven't shown up on cable channels.

Who remembers Mannix? My mom's favorite show when I was a kid.

But, personally, Adrian Monk would probably get my #1 vote. I sure miss that show!

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Patrick Jane isn't a cop, he just works with 'em.

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@lavikinga: I cry sexism here! Back in the day we had Frank and Joe, AKA The Hardy Boys.

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The Doctor.
I mean, Detective Inspector John Smith of Scotland Yard.

or, Gene Hunt.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gene_Hunt

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Wow, not one vote for mothaflippin' Sherlock Holmes?

Honorable mentions to Elijah Bailey from Asimov's novels and Vincent Rubio from the Rex series.

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Dick Tracy. Who else could solve crimes and wear a yellow outfit? No, not April O'Neil, and certainly not the Man in the Yellow Hat who has to chase that Woot Screaming Monkey named George everywhere.

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Vic Mackey from The Shield. 'Cause he'd kick the asses of all the rest of them. Even if he had to shoot them in their heads and plant lots of guns to make it look like self defense.

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@portezbie: There was a mention of Sherlock several answers above yours.

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@jsimsace: Ah, you are correct sir. Although, I think Sherlock deserves a little more credit than just being thrown in the middle of a long list of names.

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@magic cave:

I forgot about Cadfael (and I rewatched all of them about a month ago).

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@baqui63: Your original list was a trove of great memories for me.

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@belyndag: @lpgstock: Just FYI - Rockford Files is on Netflix. I've been watching them at night as I go to sleep. It's great!

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Travis McGee. I started reading the John D. McDonald books when I was about 12, he wrote his last one when I was in college (Lonely Silver Rain). When I was living in South Florida I almost (but didn't) visit the Bahia Mar marina, expecing to run into Travis and Meyer.

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John McClane AKA Bruce Willis in Die Hard

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@bingo969: Terrific! DS has a Netflix account that I haven't fooled with yet, but DH will be thrilled to know that we can watch Rockford now. (And I'm hearing the theme song in my head as I type this.)

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@bingo969: Thanks! I can't believe I haven't checked that out for myself yet... I appreciate the heads-up!