FAMOUS DETECTIVES by Eugene B. Block

FAMOUS DETECTIVES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Crime-annalist Eugene Block (Fifteen Clues-1965; also roundups of train and stagecoach robberies) has assembled a clutch of further cases from Japan's IKii who solved the mass poisoning of the members of a bank to the French Sorrowed's Chenevier who figured in the holdup of the Aga Khan to J. Edgar Hoover in his defeat of Dillinger. More interesting than these-Allan Pinkerton (the first detective) who used a ghost to frighten a man into a confession, while Raymond Schindler used an old movie to shatter the killer of a ten year old girl; then England's Cherrill who noticed his own fingerprints as a small child, grew up with fabulous mnemonic powers of fingerprint identification; George Cornish' handling of the notorious trunk murder of the late '20's; and others--thirteen in all. For the most part, good stories in plainclothes prose.

Pub Date: July 28th, 1967
Publisher: Doubleday