Brilliant Deduction: The Story of Real-Life Great Detectives

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Lyon Hall Press, 2012 - Criminal investigation - 322 pages
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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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Matt Kuhns grew up in small-town Iowa, graduating with honors from Iowa State University. In his always-eventful career as a graphic designer, he has worked for a family planning organization, a private university, a boutique design studio and a craft products retail chain, as well as various nonprofit institutions and several advertising agencies. He currently operates his own independent design practice as Modern Alchemy LLC. He lives in Lakewood, Ohio.

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