Who is the greatest fictional detective of all time?

With all the detectives lining the fictional streets of our favorite movies, TV, and books, it's no wonder that the fictional crime clearance rate is so good. But only one detective can be the greatest of them all, and today we want your pick for just who that is. » 12/19/13 2:56pm 12/19/13 2:56pm

6 Historical Forensic Detectives Who Deserve Their Own TV Shows

We've seen not one but two modern reinterpretations of Sherlock Holmes in the last couple of years, plus countless procedural dramas, including forensic-themed shows like Bones and CSI. Meanwhile, TV audiences are utterly charmed by historical dramas like Downton Abbey and Boardwalk Empire. And just this summer, ABC… » 2/17/13 7:00am 2/17/13 7:00am

This is a case for Ben Kenobi, Private Jed-Eye

"The classy dames just don't want to play footsie with a guy who ends a date by feeding them to a giant raccoon — sorry, rancor." Learn more important life advice from the Jedi detective, Ben Kenobi. [The Awesomer] » 10/25/10 9:30am 10/25/10 9:30am

Cyberpunk detective novel Altered Carbon really is all that

For years now, people have been telling me to read Richard K. Morgan's cyberpunksploitation novel Altered Carbon, and I've been meaning to get around to it. But holy fuck, it really is that great. Spoilers below. » 5/19/10 1:20pm 5/19/10 1:20pm

Science Detectives and the Giant Malaria Drug Bust

It's one of the coolest science detective stories in recent memory. The ingredients of this tale include 240,000 blisterpacks of fake malaria drugs, a tiny amount of flower pollen, and forensic palynology. A gang selling fake malaria drugs all across Asia had made millions (killing lots of people in the process), and… » 2/11/08 5:18pm 2/11/08 5:18pm