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13th Jan '17 4:21:49 PM GMon
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* ''Manga/{{Remote}}'' was about such a detective--he'd developed agoraphobia, so was assigned a young policewoman with a two-way radio who did the leg work.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'': L has been in hiding his entire career, and communicates via phone, computer and his intermediary Watari, emerging only on special occasions for particularly complex crimes [[spoiler: or particularly helpful assistants]].
* Victorique from ''LightNovel/{{Gosick}}'' isn't allowed to leave the Academy until later in the story, so she often solves crimes based on descriptions of the circumstances given to her by witnesses.





















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* The manga ''Manga/{{Remote}}'' was about such a detective--he'd developed agoraphobia, so was assigned a young policewoman with a two-way radio who did the leg work.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'': L has been in hiding his entire career, and communicates via phone, computer and his intermediary Watari, emerging only on special occasions for particularly complex crimes [[spoiler: or particularly helpful assistants]].
* Victorique from ''LightNovel/{{Gosick}}'' isn't allowed to leave the Academy until later in the story, so she often solves crimes based on descriptions of the circumstances given to her by witnesses.
* Shinchi from ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' pretends to be this sometimes when Conan reveals the answer to a case, but is actually there at the crime scene himself (as Conan).

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4th Dec '16 1:02:54 PM dotchan
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* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'': By using his voice changer, Conan has had "Shinichi" (i.e. himself) solve cases over long distances; his father has also solved cases by reading/watching the news, and when his mother repeated his deductions on TV (without divulging where she got the information), she was the one given credit when the cases eventually broke the way she "predicted".
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8th Oct '16 11:57:27 AM MadCormorant
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* There are people out in the world who have gotten so experienced with fixing cars that they can diagnose mechanical issues based on the make/model, brief description of the symptoms, and a short video with sound.
27th Sep '16 1:24:42 AM foxley
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* J.L. "Fatman'' [=McCabe=] of ''Series/JakeAndTheFatman'' would send investigator Jake Styles out to do his legwork for him.

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* J.L. "Fatman'' "Fatman" [=McCabe=] of ''Series/JakeAndTheFatman'' would send investigator Jake Styles out to do his legwork for him.
27th Sep '16 1:23:51 AM foxley
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* The Fat Man of ''Series/JakeAndTheFatMan''?

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* The Fat Man J.L. "Fatman'' [=McCabe=] of ''Series/JakeAndTheFatMan''?''Series/JakeAndTheFatman'' would send investigator Jake Styles out to do his legwork for him.
8th Sep '16 7:03:00 AM DaibhidC
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* In "Mr Strang Accepts a Challenge" by Bill Brittain, Brittain's logic teacher detective solves a six-month-old crime without leaving the classroom, to demonstrate the practical uses of logic to his students.
7th Sep '16 5:49:14 AM DaibhidC
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You have an AmateurSleuth or an ExoticDetective. And to prove just how smart he is, not only can he solve any case just by scanning the crime scene, he can also solve crimes without ever having to visit the scene. The Phone-In Detective is the detective who is able to do some of his sleuthing over the phone (or telegraph, e-mail, or relayed messages) due to being away for some reason. Full time Phone-In Detectives are rare, often the detectives will only have to phone in very few of their cases their whole life and will only do so for special cases. It is not completely necessary for any phones to be involved, however.

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You have an AmateurSleuth or an ExoticDetective. And to prove just how smart he is, not only can he solve any case just by scanning the crime scene, he can also solve crimes without ever having to visit the scene. The Phone-In Detective is the detective who is able to do some of his sleuthing over the phone (or telegraph, e-mail, or relayed messages) due to being away for some reason. Full time Phone-In Detectives are rare, often the detectives will only have to phone in very few of their cases their whole life and will only do so for special cases. It is not completely necessary for any phones to be involved, however.
however, the detective might get the information from telegrams, newspapers, e-mail, or regular reports from TheWatson or the police.



* ''WesternAnimation/KingLeonardoAndHisShortSubjectsOfficer'': Flim Flanagan will often arrive on the scene of a crime committed by the Fox after The Hunter has solved it.
* Similarly, the animated Dick Tracy shows up right after one of his irregulars (Hemlock Holmes, Go Go Gomez, Joe Jitsu, Heap O'Calorie) wraps up a case.

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* ''WesternAnimation/KingLeonardoAndHisShortSubjectsOfficer'': ''WesternAnimation/KingLeonardoAndHisShortSubjects'': Officer Flim Flanagan will often arrive on the scene of a crime committed by the Fox after The Hunter has solved it.
* Similarly, the animated Dick Tracy ComicStrip/DickTracy shows up right after one of his irregulars (Hemlock Holmes, Go Go Gomez, Joe Jitsu, Heap O'Calorie) wraps up a case.
7th Sep '16 5:43:27 AM DaibhidC
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You have an AmateurSleuth or an ExoticDetective. And to prove just how smart he is, not only can he solve any case just by scanning the crime scene, he can also solve crimes without ever having to visit the scene. The Phone-In Detective is the detective who is able to do some of his sleuthing over the phone due to being away for some reason. Full time Phone-In Detectives are rare, often the detectives will only have to phone in very few of their cases their whole life and will only do so for special cases. It is not completely necessary for any phones to be involved, however.

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You have an AmateurSleuth or an ExoticDetective. And to prove just how smart he is, not only can he solve any case just by scanning the crime scene, he can also solve crimes without ever having to visit the scene. The Phone-In Detective is the detective who is able to do some of his sleuthing over the phone (or telegraph, e-mail, or relayed messages) due to being away for some reason. Full time Phone-In Detectives are rare, often the detectives will only have to phone in very few of their cases their whole life and will only do so for special cases. It is not completely necessary for any phones to be involved, however.
7th Sep '16 5:33:55 AM DaibhidC
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* Penelope Peters in the short stories "Death Rides the Elevator" and "Murder in Monkeyland" by Lois H. Gresh and Robert Weinberg is a severe agoraphobic who not only can't leave her house, but can't be in a room with windows. Like Nero Wolfe, she has an assistant to act as her legman, unlike Archie Goodwin, his job is simplified by it being the turn of the millennium, so he can contact her with his cellphone while in the middle of an investigation.
19th Aug '16 8:57:06 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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** Don Isidro [[MeaningfulName Parodi]] is a DeconstructiveParody of this (and many others mysteries) tropes combined with a juvenalian {{Satire}} of Argentinean society: All the ''"friends"'' who consult him are truly {{Jerkass}}es whom could not care less about Parodi�s MiscarriageOfJustice [[GovernmentConspiracy being falsely accused and judged by]] a KangarooCourt [[FrameUp only to save a]] SleazyPolitician mook (TruthInTelevision in all LatinAmerica). It�s implied that all the consultants have enough intellect to discover the crime for themselves, but they can�t because they are {{Hypocrite}}s who don�t want to face the truth about themselves. One of the consultants lampshades [[DefectiveDetective that an imprisoned man could not be the right person to solve crimes,]] [[HypocriticalHumor only to immediately explain Parodi his case]]. One third of the cases Parodi gets the consultants try to make him his DetectivePatsy, [[DudeWheresMyReward no one pays him]] or try to [[ClearMyName ClearHisName]], and given his situation as everyone�s ButtMonkey, the only triumphs he has is to be the DoomedMoralVictor and tries to make things ForHappiness.

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** Don Isidro [[MeaningfulName Parodi]] is a DeconstructiveParody of this (and many others mysteries) tropes combined with a juvenalian {{Satire}} of Argentinean society: All the ''"friends"'' who consult him are truly {{Jerkass}}es whom could not care less about Parodi�s Parodi's MiscarriageOfJustice [[GovernmentConspiracy being falsely accused and judged by]] a KangarooCourt [[FrameUp only to save a]] SleazyPolitician mook (TruthInTelevision in all LatinAmerica). It�s It's implied that all the consultants have enough intellect to discover the crime for themselves, but they can�t can't because they are {{Hypocrite}}s who don�t don't want to face the truth about themselves. One of the consultants lampshades [[DefectiveDetective that an imprisoned man could not be the right person to solve crimes,]] [[HypocriticalHumor only to immediately explain Parodi his case]]. One third of the cases Parodi gets the consultants try to make him his DetectivePatsy, [[DudeWheresMyReward no one pays him]] or try to [[ClearMyName ClearHisName]], Clear His Name]], and given his situation as everyone�s everyone's ButtMonkey, the only triumphs he has is to be the DoomedMoralVictor and tries to make things ForHappiness.
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