Plain Clothes and Sleuths
A History of Detectives in Britain
By (author) Stephen Wade
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Plain Clothes and Sleuths by Stephen Wade
Book DescriptionThe detective is a familiar figure in British history, from the Victorian truncheon-bearing bobby to the undercover sleuth of the twenty-first century. But there is much in the history of our investigative police force that remains in the dark. Using detective training manuals, Home Office enquiries, Parliamentary papers and unpublished memoirs of retired detectives, Stephen Wade looks at famous cases such as the Ripper murders and the beginnings of the Special Branch and Detective Branch of Scotland Yard. His fascinating history covers aspects of crime history that have not yet been written about, including the career of Jim 'the Penman' Saward, a notorious forger, the detectives who were corrupted during the hunt for him and the infamous Trial of the Detectives of 1876 - a massive corruption trial involving six Scotland Yard detectives. It was this that led to the creation of a professional Scotland Yard as we know it today. Appealing to criminologists, social and crime historians and, most significantly, readers of crime fiction and true crime, this new history is a vital part of our crime heritage.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780752441863
(235mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Tempus Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 1-May-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Stephen Wade
Stephen Wade is a crime historian and true crime writer. He is a member of The Police History Society and The Crime Writers' Association in Britain and has published several works on true crime/crime history, including The Torso in the Tank, Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in Bradford and The A-Z of Yorkshire Murder, He teaches a module in Crime, Law and Order at the University of Hull, and a course in Writing Crime at the University of Oxford, School of Continuing Education.
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