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    DescriptionAllan Pinkerton is famous as the founder of the detective agency that still bears his name. What is less well known is that he was a prolific author who can lay claim to being one of the originators of the 'private eye' genre. Even the phrase 'private eye' can find its roots in the agency's trademark: a large, all-seeing eye with the slogan 'We Never Sleep.'In "The Pinkerton Casebook", Victorian crime expert Bruce Durie has gathered together the best of Pinkerton's writings, including accounts of how he foiled an attempt on the life of President Abraham Lincoln, his infiltration of the notorious Molly Maguires gang, and his dogged pursuit of Frank and Jesse James.Pinkerton was born in Glasgow in 1819. Involved as a young man in radical politics, he was forced to emigrate to America in 1842. "The Pinkerton Casebook" contains his account of his very first case, which came about when he stumbled upon a gang of counterfeiters in a small, rural settlement of Scottish immigrants in Dundee, Illinois.The books Pinkerton published in his lifetime were hugely popular, influencing and inspiring authors such as Arthur Conan Doyle and Mark Twain. Dashiell Hammett worked as a Pinkerton agent before he became a writer in the detective genre himself.


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    Title
    The Pinkerton Casebook
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Allen Pinkerton, Edited by Bruce Durie
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 192
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781841831169
    ISBN 10: 1841831166
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: CRI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T18.1
    BISAC V2.8: SOC000000
    BIC subject category V2: BTC
    DC22: 363.289092
    Thema V1.0: DNXC
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations
    Publisher
    Mercat Press
    Imprint name
    Mercat Press
    Publication date
    07 September 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Edinburgh
    Author Information
    Bruce Durie has had a long career as a medical and science writer, with many articles in publications as diverse as the New Scientist and the Guardian. He is also a playwright and novelist. His previous books include Medicine, which was short-listed for the first COPUS Prize, and Dick Donovan: The Glasgow Detective (also published by Mercat Press).