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Brilliant deduction : the story of real-life great detectives

Author: Matt Kuhns
Publisher: Lakewood, Ohio : Lyon Hall Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Everyone can name a famous detective or two. Sam Spade, Hercule Poirot, Columbo; and, of course, the Baker Street gentleman whose renown surpasses all the others. But all of the familiar great detectives are fictional. What about the real world? Haven't any real-life detectives ever demonstrated a little greatness of their own? Indeed they have. Brilliant Deduction reintroduces these figures whose lives were every  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
History
True crime stories
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Matt Kuhns
ISBN: 9780988250505 0988250500
OCLC Number: 828035100
Description: 322 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: Hercule Poirot and H.H. Holmes --
Vidocq --
Jonathan Whicher --
Allan Pinkerton --
Ignatius 'Paddington' Pollaky --
Isaiah Lees --
William and Robert Pinkerton --
William Burns --
Ellis Parker --
Epilogue: Sherlock Holmes and J. Edgar Hoover.
Responsibility: Matt Kuhns.
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Everyone can name a famous detective or two. Sam Spade, Hercule Poirot, Columbo; and, of course, the Baker Street gentleman whose renown surpasses all the others. But all of the familiar great detectives are fictional. What about the real world? Haven't any real-life detectives ever demonstrated a little greatness of their own? Indeed they have. Brilliant Deduction reintroduces these figures whose lives were every bit as remarkable as the literary figures who have supplanted them. The forty-niner who accidentally detoured into a half-century career as a crime solver; the famous London P.I. who dazzled Europe with his genius for mysteries, but may have been the biggest mystery of all himself. These men and their peers once filled headlines with their exploits, winning tributes and sometimes stirring controversy, but fascinating the public either way. Yet today, nearly all of history's real great detectives are forgotten, even as crime drama and mystery stories remain as popular as ever. The contrast is something of a mystery itself.

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