Is Hank’s storyline a commentary on crime fiction detectives?

Last night while watching Breaking Bad I was pondering the idea of Hank’s evolution as a commentary on crime fiction detectives.

We’ve seen him as a blunt instrument pounding his way to the answers (almost like a hardboiled kind of detective); we’ve seen him bed bound and more cerebral (think Ironsides or Lincoln Rhyme) after he had his his perceived masculinity stripped away; we’ve seen him in a Wire-esque mode trying to build the case piece by piece beause “all the pieces matter” (an old Wire saw); Up until last night he hadn’t left the house but was solving the case and having others bring him the info he needed (think armchair detectives like Nero Wolfe).


Author: Brian Lindenmuth

Former non-fiction of Spinetingler Magazine and fiction editor at Snubnose Press. Long time reviewer.

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