53rd out of 58 books — 25 voters
by James McLevy
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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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.
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.