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A certain share of low cunning : a history of the Bow Street Runners, 1792-1839

Author: David J Cox
Publisher: Cullompton, Devon ; Portland, Oregon : Willan Publishing, 2010.
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Presents an account and analysis of the history if the Bow Street 'Runners', precursors of today's police force. This book provides a fresh insight into their history, arguing that the use of Bow  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David J Cox
ISBN: 9781843927730 184392773X
OCLC Number: 466359597
Description: xvi, 280 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction: Revealing an 'Eleusinian Mystery' 2. 'Men of Known and Approved Fidelity': The Development of the Bow Street System 3. 'If the Gentleman Writes, the Gentleman Pays': The Employers of Principal Officers 4. 'Contending with Desperate Characters': The Types of Crimes Investigated by Principal Officers 5. 'Police Officers for the Country at Large': The Nationwide Role of the Principal Officers, 6. 'Domiciliary Visits, Spies, and all the rest of Fouche's Contrivances': Six Case Studies of Provincial Investigations by Principal Officers 7. 'More Expert in Tracing and Detecting Crime': The Post-1829 Situation 8. 'Rescuing from an Historical Cul-de-sac': The Legacy of the Bow Street Principal Officers. References
Responsibility: David J. Cox.
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'Cox's approach is so methodical and finely referenced that the reader is persuaded by his argument that the Runners have not, until now, had their due. [...] This book is long overdue, especially as Read more...

 
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