Bosch vs. Rebus

I think I've reached the end of my detective fiction binge-- in a New Yorker article, Joyce Carol Oates recommended Michael Connelly and Ian Rankin as masters of the genre, so I read a few Connelly books and an Ian Rankin (Standing in Another Man's Grave) and I liked both authors and will read more of them . . . here is my breakdown of Harry Bosch (Connelly) and John Rebus (Rankin) . . . they are both no longer married and each has a daughter, but Bosch's daughter is a chip off the old block (a chip off the old Bosch?) and wants to be a detective like her dad, while Rebus is almost estranged from his daughter; both detectives are old school and willing to bend some rules to get their man, but while neither are corrupt like Vic Mackey, Rebus seems more willing to associate with the underbelly of society to get what he needs; Bosch seems more obsessive and unrelenting (although Rebus can be a bit obsessive as well) while Rebus is more willing to down a few pints or some Highland Park scotch to unwind; both men like music, but Bosch loves jazz while Rebus likes classic rock (and is prone to making Led Zeppelin jokes) and though it's hard to tell, because I read random books in each series instead of starting at the beginning, both men seem to be surrounded by women that they have history with . . . anyway, thanks Joyce Carol Oates . . . if you have any other recommendations, just leave them in the comments.

4 comments:

Marls said...

Rebus in a landslide. The bitter Scotsman routine is preferred. I also like the Reed Farrel Coleman "Moe Prager" series. The writing is not as good as Rankin, but the Old NYC stuff is fun.

Dave said...

ok, thanks for the rec marls, much appreciated and i will check it out, but i meant for JOYCE CAROL OATES to give me some personal book recommendations.

get to it oates!

Clarence said...

Boog? Babs? Bloodfinger?

Dave said...

boog! boogs? what the hell was his name? anyway, you go it. but that was a long time ago. now i have no nemeses because everyone loves me!

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