A tribute to retribution gives credit rather than glamor which can also be said of previous institutional records (Scotland Yard by Harrison- 1949; The Scalpel of Scotland Yard by Browne & Tullett-1952). From the files, here are the many misdemeanours of forgers and thieves, poisoners and poison pen letter writers, adventurers and confidence men, blackmailers and murderers, and presiding judges, lawyers, and officials of the C.I.D. take a bow. The last quarter of the book gives a more extensive examination of one case which has a fascination of character as well as crime-Adam Worth's theft of Gainsborough's Duchess of Devonshire and its ironic conclusion some twenty odd years later. From the records, and for the true crime fancier, a steady- staid recap.