A COMPANION TO MURDER by E. Spencer Shew

A COMPANION TO MURDER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Fanciers of British crime will find this ""Dictionary of Death by Poison, Death by Shooting, Death by Suffocation and Drowning, Death by the Strangler's Hand, 1900-1950"" of much pertinent interest. For here are compact reports on the murders and murderers, on the judges, advocates, points of law, some legal terminology, examination of testimony and other aspects of the cases, from A (""Acid Bath"" Murders) to Z (Zemenides, Angelos). There are cross references to names figuring in a case, and, at the finish of a section, referring to the bibliography with its list of 230 books. The ""Table of Murder"" is made up of categories (Maniacal Murders, Murder by Prussic Acid, etc.) with the cases listed underneath and there is an index of names not given separate entries in the text. While no encyclopedia, there are many of the best known (Crippen, George Joseph Smith, etc.) and some of the little known murders of this half century to inform and instruct connoisseurs.

Pub Date: July 17th, 1961
Publisher: Knopf