The Sidekick Character in Detective Fiction: Background information when reading Fortune Favors the Dead

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Fortune Favors the Dead

Pentecost and Parker #1

by Stephen Spotswood

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The Sidekick Character in Detective Fiction

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Dr. John Watson and Sherlock Holmes In Fortune Favors the Dead, being in the wrong place at the right time earns Will Parker the job of assistant to Lillian Pentecost, New York City's classiest and most unorthodox private investigator. Although Lillian's worsening multiple sclerosis is her initial motivation for hiring the younger woman, Will possesses a keen eye and a unique skillset that make her the perfect partner for the lady detective. As the two work together to solve some of the city's strangest mysteries, they soon develop a classic detective-sidekick relationship.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle didn't invent detective stories — that honor belongs to Edgar Allen Poe, whose 1841 "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," featuring the famous C. Auguste Dupin, is generally considered the first of the genre — but Doyle's Sherlock Holmes series established the detective sidekick character through Dr. John Watson. Since then, many famous fictional detectives have had a sidekick or two accompanying them on their ...

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