I read detective novels like I eat queso and chips, hand over fist! Here's what keeps me coming back for more.
-By Leah Bonnema (Stand-Up Comic)
When I want to shut down the panic circles my brain likes to travel around in, I read. When I want to really take a little mind vacation and just be entertained for a few hours, I read detective novels (and by 'detective' I mean anyone solving crimes --> they can be law enforcement, a lawyer, a private detective, a bounty hunter, a forensic anthropologist, a medical examiner, you get what I'm saying). All the detective series I am attracted to have some very specific qualities in their lead. Here's what I like in my crime solver:
1) I need my detective to be dysfunctional on some level. Perhaps they have an addiction problem that they are struggling with. Maybe they have trouble communicating with others. I always love a good anger management issue. I just need to know that she or he is fighting an internal battle along side the fight against criminals. If you're not tortured, I'm not interested.