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commissaire inspector dottore

academic and personal thoughts on detective-inspector novels

stats: body count

Body count is harder to determine than one might think. I've inevitably miscounted, especially in some of the bloodier novels listed here. There's also the problem of what bodies count. If a killer is revealed to have committed scads of serial murders before the plot proper of a novel opens, do they go into the body count? I think not, but others might disagree, and sometimes it's hard to ignore a really salient "pre-plot" murder, especially if it's recounted in flashback. And then, if mistakes are made in the denouement and additional folks end up on slabs, are they part of the murder count proper, or just collateral damage in the course of the investigation? Of such worries does the life of a bibliographer consist. But at least the rough counts below give a sense of the range of mayhem in the detective-inspector genre.

twenty-one
offer utan ansikte (ahnhem)

ten
glemte piger, de (blædel)

nine
svinehunde (hammer & hammer)

eight
alex (lemaitre)
travail soigné (lemaitre)

seven
alting har sin pris (hammer & hammer)
tusenskönor (ohlsson)

five
achados e perdidos (garcia-roza)
monsieur lecoq (gaboriau)
richter und sein henker, der (dürrenmatt)

four
askungar (ohlsson)
återkomsten (nesser)
den du inte ser (jungstedt)
snjóblinda (ragnar)

three
dark winter, the (mark)
ziarno prawdy (miłoszewski)

two
city and the city, the (miéville)
den som elsker noe annet (fossum)
espinosa sem saída (garcia-roza)
evas øye (fossum)
flateyjargáta (viktor arnar)
girl in the ice, the (bryndza)
gniew (miłoszewski)
kingdom come (jensen)
når det mørkner (horst)
sinister pig, the (hillerman)

one
altro capo del filo, l' (camilleri)
polt muß weinen (komarek)
rete di protezione, la (camilleri)
roseanna (sjöwall and wahlöö)
tundra kill (jones)
uwikłanie (miłoszewski)

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