UNIT 6. 6C, page 50
The dual storyline about the solving of a crime and the relationship between the main characters.
Speaker 1 I really like V.I. Warshawski from the detective novels by Sara Paretsky. Vic, as her friends call her, wears T-shirts, sweatshirts and jeans, and eats Polish sausage sandwiches, so she seems quite ordinary really. At the same time, however, she’s a very strong and independent woman who isn’t afraid of physical fights.
Speaker 2 My favourite detective is Chief Inspector Wexford from the novels by crime writer Ruth Rendell. Wexford’s a family man and he’s got two daughters, Sheila and Silvia. Although he isn’t that young, he has quite modern ideas about life. He is clever, educated and the kind of man who shows his feelings. He is often quite shocked by the violence he sees at work.
Speaker 3 In my opinion, the greatest modern-day investigator is Lisbeth Salander from the Millennium series by Stieg Larsson. Lisbeth is very small and looks quite innocent at first, but she is, in fact, an expert in martial arts like kickboxing. She’s also a brilliant computer hacker and she uses these special skills to find out all kinds of things about people she has had problems with in the past.
Speaker 4 I’m a fan of Dorothy Sayers, who wrote novels at the same time as Agatha Christie. She created the character of a gentleman detective called Lord Peter Wimsey. Wimsey is very amusing and he always makes me laugh. Sometimes he behaves in a slightly silly way so that other people underestimate him.