The premiere of ‘Murder on the Orient Express’, a new adaptation of the mythical novel by the great queen of suspense literature, Agatha Christie, is a pleasant return to the classic stories of whodunit, or who-did-it. That is, the traditional police narratives in which there are one or several crimes that are investigated among many suspects, and whose responsibility ends up being revealed in a final turn that (if there is luck) will catch the reader by surprise.
In these stories, there are two essential elements: a minimum of a corpse, and a detective. A researcher shrewd and intellectually superior to the rest of the characters in the story, who sniffs, interrogates and searches for clues through the crime scene (often, as in ‘Orient Express’, limited in space). These characters, professional or amateur detectives, are one of the great tropes of police fictions, and their presence goes back to the literary origins of the genre. Continue reading “The 13 Best Detectives In Film History”