The first-person narrator is the imposer of order in a world of chaos--or rather, deceit, lies, hypocrisy, where nothing is as it seems. And yet reading a classic of noir fiction like Dashiell Hammett's The Continental Op is a revelation.
Are you raising an aspiring super-sleuth? Is the young reader in your life a code-cracking, baddy-busting, fiend-foiling, eagle-eyed P.I.? Then look no further because this round up includes some of the most quick-witted kid detectives of children's literature.
As a teenager, I went through a serious Sherlock Holmes phase. So, until I read Yunte Huang's Charlie Chan, I thought I'd seen it all in terms of works about sleuths that blurred lines and crossed boundaries.