One of the most common protagonists in the crime fiction genre, this is a plain clothes police officer who holds the rank of Detective Inspector or Detective Chief Inspector in British works, or Lieutenant in American works. Will often be the older and more senior of a duo, with their subordinate acting as The Watson. The rank gives you a character with sufficient experience, a good number of subordinates, but at the right place in the chain to be moaned at by Da Chief. Also Inspector sounds right for a detective's rank, even though that's not what it actually means.
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