If we go back into times, we shall see that there are two particular crime novelists who laid the basis of fictional crime narratives. Of course, they are Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle and Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie. They are well known as the greatest bestselling novelists ever as well as the most translated ones. They created the characters that we all know – Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, and Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, respectively. Last but not least their crime books with intriguing plots and a refined style have still been alive and preferred by all generations.
Nowadays we also have the chance to enjoy their successors’ works. What I mean is that in my opinion authors like Andrea Camilleri and Jörg Bong (or Jean-Luc Bannalec) are condign contributors of the world of fiction and crime novels. By the way, their characters – Commissioner Montalbano and Inspector Dupin, respectively, have much in common. Both detectives investigate complex crimes in a setting and way different from the traditional methods known and used in their regions – Sicily and Breton. Both of them are regular visitors of restaurants and cafes (where most of the time they get clues and tracks) indulging in coffee and eating. Last but not least, their books are extremely fascinating because although they are crime fictional novels, they are not that bloody and full of corpses. Maybe it’s because Andrea Camilleri really uses much humour in his works while Jean-Luc Bennalec has chosen a very “art” plot for his first novel.
Finally, I could add another famous protagonist to the fictional novel characters’ list. His name is Robert Langdon and he is the best known Harvard University professor of religious iconology and symbolism. His author Dan Brown, as a matter of fact, is a thriller fiction novelist who adds numerous historical and Christian motifs in his books thus turning his The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons and Hell into bestsellers in the genre. By the way, all of the three books are like nice journey through time and places like Paris, Rome, Florence, Venice and Istanbul. 😉