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The Resource Conan Doyle for the defense : the true story of a sensational British murder, a quest for justice, and the world's most famous detective writer, Margalit Fox

Conan Doyle for the defense : the true story of a sensational British murder, a quest for justice, and the world's most famous detective writer, Margalit Fox

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Conan Doyle for the defense : the true story of a sensational British murder, a quest for justice, and the world's most famous detective writer
Title
Conan Doyle for the defense
Title remainder
the true story of a sensational British murder, a quest for justice, and the world's most famous detective writer
Statement of responsibility
Margalit Fox
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In this thrilling true-crime procedural, the creator of Sherlock Holmes uses his unparalleled detective skills to exonerate a German Jew wrongly convicted of murder. For all the scores of biographies of Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the most famous detective in the world, there is no American book that tells this remarkable story--in which Conan Doyle becomes a real-life detective on an actual murder case. In Conan Doyle for the Defense, Margalit Fox takes us step-by-step inside Conan Doyle's investigative process and illuminates a murder mystery that is also a morality play for our time--a story of ethnic, religious, and anti-immigrant bias. In 1908, a wealthy woman was brutally murdered in her Glasgow home. The police found a convenient suspect in Oscar Slater--an immigrant Jewish cardsharp--who, despite his innocence, was tried, convicted, and consigned to life at hard labor in a brutal Scottish prison. Conan Doyle, already world famous as the creator of Sherlock Holmes, was outraged by this injustice and became obsessed with the case. Using the methods of his most famous character, he scoured trial transcripts, newspaper accounts, and eyewitness statements, meticulously noting myriad holes, inconsistencies, and outright fabrications by police andprosecutors. Finally, in 1927, his work won Slater's freedom. Margalit Fox, a celebrated longtime writer for The New York Times, has "a nose for interesting facts, the ability to construct a taut narrative arc, and a Dickens-level gift for concisely conveying personality" (Kathryn Schulz, New York). In Conan Doyle for the Defense, she immerses readers in the science of Edwardian crime detection and illuminates a watershed moment in the history of forensics, when reflexive prejudice began to be replaced by reason and the scientific method."--Provided by publisher
Biography type
contains biographical information
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Fox, Margalit
Dewey number
364.152/3094144
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
HV9960.G72
LC item number
G533 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Discrimination in criminal justice administration
  • Murder
  • Criminal investigation
  • Forensic sciences
  • Vindication
  • Doyle, Arthur Conan
  • Detectives
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Conan Doyle for the defense : the true story of a sensational British murder, a quest for justice, and the world's most famous detective writer, Margalit Fox
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 273-308) and index
Control code
BK0021806292
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
xxvii, 319 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780399589454
Isbn Type
(hc)
Lccn
2017058151
Other physical details
illustrations, map
Label
Conan Doyle for the defense : the true story of a sensational British murder, a quest for justice, and the world's most famous detective writer, Margalit Fox
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 273-308) and index
Control code
BK0021806292
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
xxvii, 319 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780399589454
Isbn Type
(hc)
Lccn
2017058151
Other physical details
illustrations, map

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