Sir Basil's book is a careful and painstaking study of Scotland Yard, enlivened throughout by the recital of various famous cases like the Crippen case, the Cutteridge murder, the robbery of the Dover Mail, the McNaughton Case, and the Hampstead murder. He goes back to London of the 18th century, without police protection, with crowding and destitution that was appalling, with crime at its height and medieval methods of punishment employed, with riots a common occurrence. In 1822 under Sir Robert Poul, the nucleus of a police force was established, in spite of opposition. Then came revision of criminal law, a process extending over thirty years. Finally, rural police organizations were established. The inclusion of detectives in the program was of slow growth, and establishment of modern methods of training a recent development. A book that will fascinate all seriously interested in the factual side of criminology -- and this includes many of your mystery fans.