Well, the finalists have been decided in the 'World's Favourite Detective' tournament that has been running for the past few weeks on Jen Forbus's excellent blog Jen's Book Thoughts.
As I noted on Tuesday, the semifinal round had come down to Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch vs Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, and Raymond Chandler's Phillip Marlowe up against Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot.
So we had the detective who first popularised the genre, the detective who lead the way during the 'Golden Age' of British detective fiction, the detective who led the way for the US hardboiled genre, and the modern day detective who perhaps best epitomises modern US crime fiction. What a final four!
But now, only two remain. And it's Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot...
... who've fallen by the wayside!
The championship round for the World's Favourite Detective, which has seen anywhere from 700-900 crime fiction afficianados voting each week, will be between Hieronymous "Harry" Bosch and Phillip Marlowe; two gritty detectives who prowled the mean streets of LA, a half-century apart.
As I noted on Tuesday, it was the final I predicted, although not the one I voted for.
Who's your favourite? Who should win? Thoughts and comments welcome.