Pinkerton, Allan: The Expressman and the Detective (Illustrated). v1. 30 Jul 07
#1  HarryT 07-30-2007, 04:42 AM
A "true life" detective story written by the founder of the world-famous Pinkerton's detective agency, Allan Pinkerton, in 1874. I've not read it yet, but it appears to involve a case of fraud in the southern US. Seems to be well written, although showing a propensity never to use a simple word when a more complex one is available: eg:

He picked up the animal by its caudal appendage...

(ie by its tail )

Has a number of excellent period illustrations.

Warning: being set in the deep south in less "enlightened" times, this book contains a lot of language which would today be considered racially offensive.

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#2  UncleDuke 07-30-2007, 11:17 AM
good find, i saw this in a used bookstore in sad shape for about $65, didn't buy it

#3  HarryT 07-30-2007, 11:21 AM
Just spotted it in the PG "new releases" list and thought that it sounded interesting.

#4  RWood 07-30-2007, 03:37 PM
I read this years ago. It was one of the books in my Grandfather's library (he got rid of it before my Mother had a chance to even get her old books from it.)

Great read. Are you going to do the others posted at PG too?

#5  HarryT 07-31-2007, 02:41 AM
Certainly, if it would interest people. Leave it with me!

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