Exploring the Swinging 70’s with the Inspector Morse series by Colin Dexter

morseI admit that the TV version of the sleuth sticks in my mind more than the description in the promotional copy on the back of one of the earlier books, “The lonely, sex-preoccupied, intelligent, relentless, beer-drinking Inspector Morse…” and indeed, in the books he is all of those things and they must have cleaned him up a bit for TV.  We should have a new sub-genre of British detective novels and that should be the dysfunctional detective.  Of course, when I bring most British detectives to mind, there seems to be something dysfunctional or quirky about all of them.  Maybe their poor social skills or awkward background are the things that make them good detectives.

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