Characters like Sam Vimes
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i like the Harry Hole books by Jo Nesbo, the detective, harry, is also a no nonsense, flawed, driven individual, good stuff. The Redbreast is a good place to start
Also you might try some of the noir detective stories by Raymond Chandler with Phillip Marlowe in them, The Big Sleep is one. Dashiell Hammett also wrote hard-boiled, I think Sam Spade was his detective. Neither of these are Pratchett-like, as in not that funny. They use irony and sarcasm to entertain. I think Vimes is based on these detectives, but all the goofy humor around him is not in these tales.
If you haven't read any Rex Stout you might try those. Nero Wolfe may not be your style, but Archie Goodwin is Vimes with panache. He rides the big genius unmercifully with his jibes and wise-cracks. Wolfe, being the genius, is not short on humor himself, but uses it sparingly.
I've read Jim Butcher and Rex Stout, and I even have couple of books by Hammett and Chandler lying around, now I will definitely give them a try. Thank you!
You know, I think I have the first book somewhere. Thanks for your help! :)
You could also try Lord Darcy by Randall Garrett (yes, Garrett in Glen Cook's books was named after him). Set in an alternate history version of Europe where magic is real, the stories reminded me a lot of Sherlock Holmes' cases.
And last but not least, there's something of Vimes in Jack Spratt from The Big Over Easy and The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fforde.
Depends on why you like Vimes. But if you like Vimes AND Dresden, I would say to try the Nightside :)
I knew I am missing a series somewhere :)
PS: And if you do, read it in the Publication order and not in the Chronological order - the Chronological one gives away a few things in a pretty bad way for later books :)
As Drumknott said to Vetinari once, "If Commander Vimes didn't exist, you would have had to invent him."
To which Vetinari said, "I believe I did."
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