William Kent Krueger and the Enduring Legacy of the series detective
Many many long moons ago, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle not only created Sherlock Holmes, he created the concept of “a single character running through a series” a.k.a., the series detective. While of course the stories themselves are wonderful, the creation of this series character has had perhaps the longest shadow over detective fiction, and, I would argue, the most enduring. Series detectives are not just appreciated, they are beloved. After a certain point in a series, the point is not really the story, the point is what is happening to the character. They have their own lives, something which, I imagine, might be irritating for their creators (I know it was for Conan Doyle and Christie). They can hardly be killed off, Sherlock Holmes being the most outstanding example as pastiches featuring Holmes outnumber Conan Doyle’s actual work.