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- Agatha Christie : (1890 – 1976) An English author best known for her crime novels and her fictional characters Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple.
- Anonymity : Condition of being unknown, without a name or lacking an identity.
- Batman : A comic book superhero that is published by DC Comics.
- Chief constable : Title given to the chief police officer of every territorial police force in the United Kingdom, except for the City of London Police and the Metropolitan Police.
- Criminal investigation : Deciding that a crime has occurred, obtaining evidence about it, and determining who may have committed the crime
- France : Western European republic (population c. 64.1 million; capital Paris) extending across Europe from the English Channel in the north-west to the Mediterranean in the south-east; bounded by Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Andorra and Spain; founding member of the European Union. Colonial power in Southeast Asia until 1954.
- Howard Vincent : The founder of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Metropolitan Police.
- Mexico : A country in North America, bordering the United States on the north and Guatemala and Belize on the south.
- Plainclothes : The wearing of civilian clothing, by police, when uniform might be expected, as with detectives; there are specific rules in the Third Common Article of the Geneva Conventions about combatants wearing distinctive insignia
- Police : Organized government officials responsible for enforcing the criminal law of their locality, responding to designated emergencies, and various duties considered appropriate by their culture and government
- Raymond Chandler : Influential American writer of hard-boiled thrillers featuring private eye Philip Marlowe.
- Sherlock Holmes : Archetypal fictional detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
- Trench coat : Raincoat made of waterproof heavy-duty cotton drill or poplin, wool gabardine, or in some cases leather, and is usually knee-length or longer.