Brilliant Deduction: The Story of Real-Life Great Detectives
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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