The best of the Encyclopedia of Pulp Heroes: Leo Carring

leocarringCarring, Leo. Leo Carring was created by S.A. Duse and appeared in thirteen novels from 1913 to 1926, beginning with Stilettkäppen. Leo Carring is a Great Detective. Carring, a Swedish lawyer and amateur detective, is modeled on Sherlock Holmes and is well aware of his detecting forefather, but thinks little of him. In Stilettkäppen Carring faults Holmes for the careless treatment of evidence and for his undeserved luck. Carring is better pleased with himself; he is vain, self-satisfied, pompous, knowledgeable, superior, taciturn, and more concerned with the strictures of class than the law. Carring is an effective investigator, but he has little time for legal niceties (in one story he lets a murderess escape because of the victim’s unpleasantness) and is an anti-Semite (in Anti-semiten (1921) Carring is quite happy to allow the murders of seven Jewish Bolsheviks). In Dr. Smirnos Dagbok (1918) Duse anticipated Agatha Christie’s authorial trick, in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926), of making the narrator the murderer.

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