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3.42  ·  Rating Details ·  12 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
James McLevy was an Edinburgh policeman in the 19th century. He was one of the first crime writes--filling his pages with tales of fights, prostitution, robberies, and other encounters on his beat in the capital.
Paperback, 200 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Mercat Press (first published April 2001)
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Jan 24, 2016 Chrystyna rated it liked it
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McLevy The Edinburgh Detective by James McLevy - OK

Interesting book, but not a page turner. McLevy was a Detective in Edinburgh during the 1860s and this is his account of various crimes and how he caught the criminals.

So far so good, but.... as an account of what happened it is very interesting and he captures the feel of Victorian Edinburgh, but he is very much a policeman. This is factual with no colour in the form of deduction. We are spoiled by current authors and their descriptive powers
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Jun 12, 2012 Andrew Wallace rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
Loved this book with multiple short stories over 150 years old. The stories are based on fact from the authors recollection. Some of Sherlock Holme's traits were supposedly based on this real life policeman who lived in Edinburgh just before Arthur Conan Doyle. Some of the language and cultural references can be hard going but that added to the enjoyment for me.
Jun 27, 2010 Jo rated it liked it
McLevy, a detective in Edinburgh in the 19th century, takes us through some of his cases. Apart from his obvious hatred of the English, he seems a good bloke! His observations are pretty astute and this book goes to show that the basic elements of criminality never change.
Dec 30, 2009 Suvi rated it it was ok
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