Saturday, April 3, 2010

And the Final Four Are...

*sniff* here are the results of your voting from Round 4, with just shy of 800 voters:

Harry Bosch (79%) vs. Sam Spade (21%)

Sherlock Holmes (63%) vs. Lincoln Rhyme (37%)

Elvis Cole (46%) vs. Phillip Marlowe (54%)

Hercule Poirot (54%) vs. Dave Robicheaux (46%)

Yes, my beloved Elvis went down in this round, as did Dave Robicheaux. If you need me this week, I'll be in mourning. This was a fascinating round to watch, though. With the exception of Harry Bosch, no detective stayed in the lead the whole time. All three contests volleyed back and forth between lead positions. So obviously we had eight very popular detectives in this round.

The entire tournament Harry Bosch has dominated his opponent. Will he be able to maintain that domination over Sherlock Holmes? And Agatha Christie is our last female in the tourney. Will her Hercule Poirot be able to upset Chandler's Marlowe? Check back on Monday to cast your votes in the Final Four round of the "World's Favorite Detective" tournament.


Christine April 3, 2010 at 11:18 AM  

Crash and burn...the story of my brackets. The classics have officially kicked my ass. [I'll see you at the wake, Jen.]

Go Harry!

Naomi Johnson April 3, 2010 at 11:18 AM  

What I said: I HATE that frakkin' Poirot! Who cares about his little grey cells when I could be having boudin and iced tea with Dave and Clete?

Allison April 3, 2010 at 12:30 PM  

Go Harry! I'm sad that Elvis Cole didn't make it, but there's still Harry. I was happy to see that Virgil Flowers made it to the list and made it through round 1. Thanks to Michael Connelly for introducing me to your site.

pattinase (abbott) April 3, 2010 at 2:31 PM  

Poirot is so dull compared to -- well almost anyone on earth. Nobody could get away with giving a guy three tics and calling it a day in terms of character development today.

Pop Culture Nerd April 3, 2010 at 3:33 PM  

I want name & addresses. You keep track of how people vote, right, Jen? Please send vitals on everyone who went against Elvis. Thank you.

Serena April 3, 2010 at 4:21 PM  

Wow...this is an amazing final do I choose!

le0pard13 April 3, 2010 at 4:46 PM  

The only one I voted for in this bracket that went on to the Final Four was Bosch! Sheesh! For RC, they'll be no living with Connelly at the Festival of Books panel coming up. Funny that Cole and Robicheaux went down by the same gosh darn margin. Something tells me it was the same frakkin' Agatha voting block!

MysterLynch April 3, 2010 at 6:04 PM  

Bosch/Spade was a tough one, but I went with HB because Spade was only in one book.

Kiwicraig April 3, 2010 at 10:32 PM  

Poirot vs Robicheaux was my toughest choice of the round. Childhood fave vs modern fave.

At the start I was thinking Bosch vs Robicheaux final, but that's finally bitten the dust...

US hardboiled vs traditional UK detective in each one here in this round too - so that will be interesting. Holmes vs Bosch would be a deserving final, but then the other options are not bad finals either...

kathy d. April 4, 2010 at 5:49 AM  

Well, all of my votes came through except Poirot vs. Robicheaux. I read Poirot back in high school when I started reading mysteries. He didn't stand the test of time with me.

And though I haven't read Robicheaux but have heard through reader-friends that the books are great, especially the one on Hurricane Katrina, and have read such favorable reviews, so I, in essence, voted against the stultifying Belgian and for a modern guy.

And just finished reading "The Maltese Falcon," so liked it a lot but it was only one book.

And I'd pick up a Harry Bosch any time and now I'm inspired to read more in the series.

Lesa April 4, 2010 at 11:01 AM  

I can't believe Hercule Poirot knocked out Robicheaux! Well, there went my brackets. I wasn't doing too bad. Read them both, but I certainly never would have picked Poirot. And, I notice most of the people who did aren't the ones commenting here, either. Are they smugly laughing at us?

Sam Sattler April 4, 2010 at 11:19 AM  

I'm a little surprised that Dave went down this round but I'm pleased to see Harry still kicking butt. I hope he goes all the way now.

Kiwicraig April 4, 2010 at 7:44 PM  

Re: Poirot victory - Agatha Christie has sold more novels than any other novelist in history, and Poirot was her main detective (although some people prefer Marple). He's a nostalgic favourite of many people - So I'm not entirely surprised Poirot beat Robicheaux.

No matter what you think of Christie's writing now, she influenced a massive amount of crime writers, and in fact influenced the 'masters' that are influencing people today.

It's like comparing sportspeople from different eras - of course modern day athletes are stronger, faster etc - doesn't mean that they were better, in terms of historical importance.

Given it's a US-based contest, I was thinking Robicheaux might have a chance to beat Poirot, but I think if you ran the same competition in Europe, he would have got crushed (and I love love love James Lee Burke and Robicheaux).

Kiwicraig April 4, 2010 at 7:47 PM  

And personally, i think the much much much bigger 'upset' of the round was the fact that almost 300 people (37% of 800) voted for Lincoln Rhyme ahead of Sherlock Holmes.

I really enjoy Jeffrey Deaver's books, particularly the Rhyme tales, but I mean, c'mon...

Lesa April 4, 2010 at 10:08 PM  

I have to agree with Kiwicraig about Sherlock Holmes. As much as I like Deaver's Lincoln Rhymes, Doyle's Sherlock Holmes is the master.

Kay April 5, 2010 at 2:43 PM  

Go Harry Go,
we will crown him an honorary Irish man,when he wins, this has been such fun.sorry that there are no women.
Kay O'Sullivan

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