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message 1: by Kati (new)

Kati (katikatnik) | 8 comments I love books/shows/movies where a cop teams up with an outsider/civilian - be they an expert of some sort or a redeemed criminal - who then helps him solve crimes. Example? TV shows: White Collar, books: Martha Grimes' Richard Jury.

Could you rec me any books like that? Where someone outside the force is helping the cop on a regular basis? I prefer male characters - usually no UST that way - and if there is some funny banter, you'll have my eternal gratitude :)

message 2: by Joseph (last edited Feb 14, 2010 04:53PM) (new)

Joseph  (bluemanticore) | 31 comments KatiKat, just to clarify, are you looking for A.) books where the civilian is officially helping the police and is constantly with the cop or B.) books where the civilian tends to stick his/her nose where it doesn't belong and ends up giving unwanted help to the police here and there?

A good example I can think of for type B. is Murder, She Wrote.

message 3: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa (vanessamc) KitKat,

The ones that came to mind when I read your message was the Agatha Christie characters, Poirot and Ms. Marple. You've probably already heard of them, but Poirot is more of a consultant and/or sometimes he sticks his nose in and Ms. Marple is always sticking her nose in; some cops appreciate the help; some do not. I love it when she lets them think it was their idea.

message 4: by Kati (new)

Kati (katikatnik) | 8 comments @Joseph: I don't really care either way, but I would prefer if they were "partners" as in, the same cop and the same outsider in every book, you know?

@Vanessa: Yup, I know of Agatha Christie.

message 5: by Vicki (new)

Vicki | 11 comments I think these might fit the bill for you Robert Crais Elvis Cole is a PI that uses his friend Joe Pike as an assistant when needed. Joe is a silent partner and former cop.

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The TV show CASTLE is great fun - a male writer rides along with a female detective on the job.

message 7: by Kati (new)

Kati (katikatnik) | 8 comments @Vicki: The Elvis Cole books sound really interesting! Thank you :)

@T.C.: Yes, I love Castle! And I'm really curious about the Nicki Heat books! :)

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