Classic Crimes

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New York Review of Books, 2000 - True Crime - 560 pages
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Dorothy Sayers called William Roughead "the best showman who ever stood before the door of the chamber of horrors," and his true crime stories, written in the early 1900s, are among the glories of the genre. Displaying a meticulous command of evidence and unerring dramatic flair, Roughead brings to life some of the most notorious crimes and extraordinary trials of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century England and Scotland. Utterly engrossing, these accounts of pre-meditated mayhem and miscarried justice also cast a powerful light on the evil that human beings, and human institutions, find both tempting to contemplate and all too easy to do.

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Read 1/12 "They say that even of a good thing you can have too much. But I doubt it...{T}o my mind, one cannot have too much of a good murder." Roughead was a crime reporter in Edinburgh for many ... Read full review

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I really enjoyed this book. It's a bit of a long haul to read all the way through, but individually the stories are fun and give a great glimpse into crime and punishment of the past. There were ... Read full review


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Luc Sante is the author of Low Life, Evidence, The Factory of Facts, and, most recently, Kill All Your Darlings: Pieces 1990-2005. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and teaches writing and the history of photography at Bard College.

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