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Bloody business : an anecdotal history of Scotland Yard

Author: H Paul Jeffers
Publisher: New York : Barnes & Noble, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From the serial murders of Jack the Ripper to the Great Train Robbery, the real-life crimes documented by Scotland Yard rival the thorniest cases of such resourceful fictional detectives as Sherlock Holmes, Jane Marple, and Hercule Poirot. Gathering together a dazzling array of true crime stories, this fascinating history of the world's most famous police department presents detailed portraits of the colorful  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: H Paul Jeffers
ISBN: 0760712174 9780760712177
OCLC Number: 44036199
Notes: Previously published: [S.l.]: H. Paul Jeffers, 1992.
Includes index.
Description: viii, 278 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction : "Good evening, Inspector." --
1. The body in the boot --
2. A perfect system of police --
3. Scotland Yard --
4. Is Constance a killer? --
5. Bloody Murder --
6. Detective force --
7. Saucy Jack --
8. Naughty boys --
9. New Scotland Yard --
10. Sherlock Doyle --
11. Poisonous cream --
12. The unsinkable Inspector Dew --
13. Crime doctor --
14. The case of the winking head --
15. The girl with the pretty feet --
16. More bloody business --
17. Murder in a quiet hotel --
18. Murder, murder everywhere --
19. Sex, spies, and the Sixties --
20. Some very nasty people --
21. Grand capers --
22. Terror on parade --
23. Murder at the Savoy and other illustrious addresses --
24. Dial 999.
Responsibility: H. Paul Jeffers.

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From the serial murders of Jack the Ripper to the Great Train Robbery, the real-life crimes documented by Scotland Yard rival the thorniest cases of such resourceful fictional detectives as Sherlock Holmes, Jane Marple, and Hercule Poirot. Gathering together a dazzling array of true crime stories, this fascinating history of the world's most famous police department presents detailed portraits of the colorful characters who have left their mark on British law enforcement: magistrate Henry Fielding and his Bow Street Runners; Charles Rowan and Richard Mayne, the architects of England's new police force; and a rogues' gallery of notorious criminals--from Constance Kent, the 16-year-old child killer whose ingenious coverup almost fooled Victorian detectives, to a raft of modern-day terrorists including foreign extremists, IRA gunmen, and drug overlords. Elegantly written and filled with intriguing information, this book is a fitting tribute to those staunch upholders of British justice, the "sharp-eyed blokes'' of Scotland Yard. --Publisher description.

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