Friday, May 12, 2017

Six thriller cops in the Dirty Harry mold

At B&N Reads Jeff Somers tagged six fictional "cops who do things according to their own set of rules," including:
Raylan Givens

One of Elmore Leonard’s most famous creations, Givens escaped coal country in Kentucky and became a U.S. Marshall, but finds himself back home after his trigger-happy ways mar his reputation. Givens usually starts off investigations with good intentions, but does tend to shoot a lot of people, and sometimes goes after suspects with the clear intention of killing them. He can be charming, and treats non-criminals with respect, but in classic Dirty Harry tradition, he often finds rules of procedure and basic civil rights only get in the way of meting out justice.
Read about another entry on the list.

Pronto is among Allen Barra's six favorite books. Raylan is among Tony Parsons's five favorite Elmore Leonard books.

--Marshal Zeringue