One of the essentials of a good novel is a strong central character, someone the reader can have empathy with, urge on, and sometimes get angry and frustrated with. He or she doesn't have to be perfect, far from it, after all who is? And strong doesn't mean the character has be forceful, on the contrary he or she can find strength through experience and overcoming adversity i.e. the plot/s. So let's take a look at what has shaped my fictional sleuths: DI Andy Horton, Art Marvik and Inspector Ryga in his 1950s world.