The anthology “FaceOff” contains short stories written by best-selling mystery/thriller authors who team up their recurring characters. For example, one tale by John Sanford and Jeffrey Deaver features Lucas Davenport working on a case with Lincoln Rhymes. In another, Lee Child’s Jack Reacher and Joseph Finder’s Nick Heller have each other’s back in a brawl.
That gimmick got me thinking about literary characters I’d like to pair up:
D’Artagnan and Inigo Montoya
Scarlett O’Hara and Ignatius J. Reilly
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Hansel and Grendel
Dr. Zhivago and Mr. Hyde
Humbert Humbert and Major Major Major Major
Mike Hammer and Jean Valjean
Sylvester McMonkey McBean and “Professor” Harold Hill
Carrot Ironfoundersson and Gimli
Billy Budd and Molly Bloom
Holden Caulfield and Huckleberry Finn
Friday and Jeeves
Lennie Small and Bigger Thomas
Cujo and Clifford
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