Tonyblack wrote:Sticking with the Crime/Mystery genre - nearly all the best loved sleuths are single as far as I can tell. I think it over complicates plots if the writer has to be thinking - what's the wife doing?
A couple of crime fighting, albeit unconventional, family men I like a lot are Alex Cross & Kurt Wallander.
I don't think families over complicate a plot. Without the author having to actually write very much they can add a kind of pervading uneasiness to a series which keeps you on edge. It all stands and falls on how much you care for the crime fighter of course.
Being a loner fighting crime adds a kind nothing-to-lose, dangerous quality to a character that is appealing. For example, when Miss Marple gets out the knitting you know some heavy sh*t is about to go down
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