Douglas Adams is best known for his brilliant Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Series. But a second series of Adams’ books followed the exploits of Dirk Gently – an intergalactic private investigator who used an ingenious method of solving cases.
Whilst most private detectives might solve cases using a combination of brains and brawn, gently – born Svlad Cjelli – takes an altogether more holistic approach (hence the name) using the fundamental interconnectedness of all things to solve the whole crime and find the whole person.
Gently appears in Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and The Long dark tea Time of The Soul – as well as an incomplete novel named the Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time.
The mean streets of LA aren’t the exclusive haunt of the as Malcolm Pryce’s comic creation Louie Knight proves.
Louis pounds the beat of Aberystwyth, a sleepy seaside town in West Wales where the seedy bars and casinos of noir-lore are replaced by orthopaedic boot shops, all night whelk stands and tea cosy shops which, rather mysteriously, ‘don’t sell tea cosies.’
With names like Aberystwyth Mon Amour, Last tango in Aberystwyth and the Unbearable Lightness of Being in Aberystwyth, Pryce’s tongue is firmly in cheek as he pokes fun at the noir genre as Knight does battle with local druids, investigates missing youths and infiltrates the town’s seedy What The Butler Saw movie industry.
Our third detective on the list also proves that the reach of the private detective goes far beyond the traditional territory of the US.
Alexander McCall Smith’s private detective agency provides the perfect antidote to Malcolm Pryce’s setting of windy Aberystwyth.
Featuring Botswana’s first lady private detective, the inimitable Precious Ramotswe, McCall’s best selling Number One Private Detective Agency takes place in Botswana where Ramotswe investigates disappearances, infidelity and…