Chief Inspector Charles Grayson
Things are getting out of hand!
Grayson, "The Adventure of the Deranged Detective"
A police detective just isn't a police detective without somebody higher
up to yell about the detective's latest boneheaded stunt. In the 22nd century, not
even Sherlock Holmes' actions can escape official scrutiny, and Lestrade has to pay attention to
her boss about little things like due process. In short, Chief Inspector Grayson stands between
New London and chaos, and the entire process is giving him grey hair.
Don't feel too sorry for Grayson, though. The wily chief inspector gave
his newest headache (consultant Sherlock Holmes) to his old one (our Lestrade) by naming
Lestrade Holmes' supervising officer. The woman who gave Grayson most of his grey
hairs is now getting some of her own, which not only is good for Lestrade's career (increased
responsibility and experience in personnel management) but also seems to amuse Grayson
Grayson, while not corrupt, is subject to official pressures. In "The
Crooked Man", he pulls Lestrade off her case, then later enters her apartment
(which surely was locked) without knocking, to inform her that she has gone
too far and is being fired! In "The Adventure of the Sussex
Vampire Lot", Grayson abruptly takes over a high-profile
investigation from Lestrade, and in "The Man with the Twisted Lip",
the Chief calls a news conference to take credit for solving a case which was
actually closed by Holmes, Lestrade, and British Intelligence.
So he's far from being the perfect boss, either.
Grayson's attitude towards Holmes seems to have changed
from hostility (Lestrade virtually had to blackmail him
into giving Holmes a chance) to a bemused sort of tolerance.
But Grayson has gone against Holmes' judgement several times. In "The Five
Orange Pips", Grayson won't assign Holmes any backup (except Lestrade,
who assigns herself); in "The Red-Headed League", Grayson wants a quick
bust so Lestrade has to follow orders. The fact that Holmes has
been right and Grayson wrong on so many occasions has no doubt made Grayson
feel even less fond of the "deceased detective" than he would otherwise be.
But Grayson is not a bad man. He was genuinely upset by Lestrade's
madness in "The Adventure of the Deranged Detective", and even seemed
distressed while firing her in "The Crooked Man". He seems to be a man
faced with a more difficult crime situation than he ever anticipated,
having great trouble adapting to a world of cloned master criminals
and all-too-alive master detectives. At least he still has power,
news conferences and a good paycheque to console him!
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