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2nd-Apr-2009 07:20 am
Bronze Phoenix
If you were in trouble or ran afoul of the law, which fictional detective or investigator—from tv, movies, or books—would you want to help you?

I'd want Perry Mason. He had investigators working for him and he always found out the truth!
4th-Apr-2009 01:34 am (UTC)
Interesting selection.

I can recollect at least one case in which the ending was somewhat modified for television - the client actually *was* guilty, but Mason took care not to know about it, officially, and got her acquitted. (He wasn't about to let the case be terminated in a way that left her open to a retrial.) (And there were reasons, of course.)

So he *would* be willing to handle a case in which a client was guilty. You wouldn't have to be innocent for him to help you. You *would* have to be willing to do what you were told, and not to mention things he told you not to mention (including to him).

Hmm, other possibilities.

In Nero Wolfe's case, it would depend on the circumstances. I can recollect one early case that contributed heavily to Cramer's later opinions of Wolfe (Cramer had a search warrant and didn't manage to find the client, who was on the premises). He and Archie have both been arrested (singly and together) during clashes with the police over what they're willing to communicate, including having their licenses suspended. If they're on your side, it's good for you - with the caveat that you take precautions if you are a potential murder victim.
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