The Chill 3: Is Archer a detective?
This isn't a normal crime novel, in that it's not really about solving a crime. Dolly's disappearance is resolved within 25 pages. It's not a whodunnit or a locked-room mystery: there are no deep or clever puzzles for the detective to solve.
Similarly, it's not a police procedural book, where evidence is collected and interrogated, using tried-and-tested procedures.
Instead, Archer just moves through the situation, asking questions of people and putting together what they say. He doesn't so much investigate the situation as just shake trees and rattle cages to see what reaction he gets.
Does Archer count as a "detective"?