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Fictional Detectives: Police and Private


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Maurice Better mauricebetter@yahoo.com


We’ll investigate the following great detectives in 5 weeks: 

  1. Inspector Kurt Wallander, Ystad (Sweden) Police (Henning  Mankell);
  2. Alex Cross, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (James Patterson); 
  3. Salvo Montalbano, Chief/Detective, Vigata (Sicily) Police Force (Andrea Camilleri);
  4. Mma Precious Ramotswe, founder/investigator, the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Gaborone, Botswana (Alexander McCall Smith); and
  5. Adam Dalgliesh, Commander, New Scotland Yard, London (P. D. James).     

Read Kurt Wallander’s “ Faceless Killers” prior to the first class.    Each week we’ll watch a movie based on the book in class followed by a discussion of the investigator(s), the facts of the case and the methods of investigation.


Madison Senior Center

Meeting Day


Meeting Time

9:30 AM - 12:00 noon

Start Date

January 15, 2020

End Date

February 12, 2020


Reading and discussion expected

Class Size

No limit

Class Notes

To Enroll:  there is no class size limit; just come to the first-class session.

Book / Movie List (PDF)

Sessions: 5

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Edie Urness-Pondillo
UW-Madison Continuing Studies
21 N. Park St, 7th Floor, Madison, WI 53715
Email: info@platomadison.org
Phone: 608-262-5823
Fax: 608-265-4555

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