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Allan Pinkerton and Bruce Durie

Allan Pinkerton and Bruce Durie

Allan Pinkerton is famous as the founder of the detective agency that still bears his name. What is less well known is that he was a prolific author who can lay claim to being one of the originators of the 'private eye' genre. Even the phrase 'private eye' can find its roots in the agency's trademark: a large, all-seeing eye with the slogan 'We Never Sleep.'In "The Pinkerton Casebook", Victorian crime expert Bruce Durie has gathered together the best of Pinkerton's writings, including accounts of how he foiled an attempt on the life of President Abraham Lincoln, his infiltration of the notorious Molly Maguires gang, and his dogged pursuit of Frank and Jesse James.Pinkerton was born in Glasgow in 1819. Involved as a young man in radical politics, he was forced to emigrate to America in 1842. "The Pinkerton Casebook" contains his account of his very first case, which came about when he stumbled upon a gang of counterfeiters in a small, rural settlement of Scottish immigrants in Dundee, Illinois.The books Pinkerton published in his lifetime were hugely popular, influencing and inspiring authors such as Arthur Conan Doyle and Mark Twain. Dashiell Hammett worked as a Pinkerton agent before he became a writer in the detective genre himself.

Dr Bruce Durie has published over 30 books, including Medicine, which was short-listed for the first COPUS Prize, and Dick Donovan: The Glasgow Detective (also published by Mercat Press). He is also a playwright and novelist. He is best known worldwide as a genealogist, and for his long-running BBC Radio series “Digging Up Your Roots”. A Fellow of Strathclyde University, holder of the Companionate of Merit and a member of the prestigious Académie internationale de généalogie, Bruce also has awards and fellowships from many other bodies, mostly connected with his work in genealogy education.

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