The enormous explosion of crime fiction over the last decade means that more people are looking for a good mystery than ever before. Many of the most popular mystery books appear in series, and these series feature carefully developed detectives. This reference work includes alphabetically arranged entries on roughly 150 fictional detectives, with an emphasis on contemporary figures. The volume provides coverage of familiar and less familiar detectives, male and female protagonists and figures from a wide range of historical, cultural, and geographical settings. Entries discuss the various novels in which the detective appears; the character's locale and time period; the detective's associates, adversaries, and significant others; and the character's investigative techniques. The entries direct the reader to similar series for further reading, and to additional sources of information. The volume closes with a selected, general bibliography; various appendices; and an extensive index.