Fundamental Interconnectedness of all Things


Fundamental Interconnectedness of all Things


Detective Fiction: Genre Elements


Throughout Dirk Gently's career as a detective, he has realized that everything is connected, and though this item isn't exactly tangible, it is still important in understanding the genre of detective fiction.

Dirk's methods of gaining information involve viewing strange coincidences to discover new trails in his cases. Or just to gain a trip to the Bahamas from an unsuspecting old lady. Either way, Dirk uses his psychic knowledge of this concept to solve his cases in a way akin to an informational repository like Bob's skull or a traditional mode of research. 

"I'm very glad you asked me that, Mrs Rawlinson. The term 'holistic' refers to my conviction that what we are concerned with here is the fundamental interconnectedness of all things. I do not concern myself with such petty things as fingerprint powder, telltale pieces of pocket fluff and inane footprints. I see the solution to each problem as being detectable in the pattern and web of the whole. The connections between causes and effects are often much more subtle and complex than we with our rough and ready understanding of the physical world might naturally suppose, Mrs Rawlinson." 


Adams, Douglas. Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. Pocket Books, 1987. Print.


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