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NCJ Number: 50365 Find in a Library
Title: DETECTIVES - CRIME AND DETECTION IN FACT AND FICTION
Author(s): F SMYTH; M LUDWIG
Corporate Author: J B Lippincott
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 191
Sponsoring Agency: J B Lippincott
Philadelphia, PA 19105
Sale Source: J B Lippincott
East Washington Square
Philadelphia, PA 19105
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: ILLUSTRATED ACCOUNTS OF 20 FAMOUS DETECTIVE CASES ARE PRESENTED.
Abstract: AN OPENING CHAPTER DISCUSSES THE EARLY POLICE FORCES AND THEIR DETECTIVES--THE MEN WHO INSPIRED SUCH AUTHORS AS POE AND DICKENS. THE INFLUENCE OF ALLAN PINKERTON ON THE GROWTH OF AMERICAN CRIME DETECTION AND DETECTIVE FICTION IS NOTED, AS ARE THE WRITINGS OF DASHIEL HAMMETT, ERLE STANLEY GARDNER, GEORGES SIMENON, AND REX STOUT. MOST OF THE CASE HISTORIES INVOLVE MURDERS WITH BIZARRE OR SENSATIONAL TWISTS. THE STORY OF THE CAPTURE OF AL CAPONE IS INCLUDED, AS IS AN ACCOUNT OF TWO FORMER NAZI CONCENTRATION CAMP INMATES WHO HUNTED DOWN ADOLF EICHMANN. THE CLOSING CHAPTER DISCUSSES 'TOMORROW'S DETECTIVES,' WITH ATTENTION TO THE TRAINING REQUIRED TO BECOME A DETECTIVE, THE WORK OF PRIVATE AND POLICE DETECTIVES, AND SPECIALIZATION IN POLICE DETECTIVE WORK. PHOTOGRAPHS ILLUSTRATE THE NEXT. (LKM)
Index Term(s): Case studies; Crime detection; Criminal investigation; Fiction; Literature
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