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Brilliant Deduction: The Story of Real-Life Great Detectives

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"Brilliant Deduction" asks the question "who are the greatest detectives ever" and then attempts to find an answer which doesn't involve fictional characters. The result is nine men whose careers in the 19th and early 20th century represent the heroic years of real-world detection, from the very first full-time professionals to the Prohibition era. Each chapter examines a ...more
Hardcover, 322 pages
Published December 15th 2012 by Lyon Hall Press
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Renee
Apr 28, 2013 Renee rated it really liked it
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Great history/biographical book.

They say truth is always stranger than fiction, and it is also usually more interesting, too. The fictional characters Sherlock Holmes and Poirot are both engaging detectives with memorable stories. But they are all fictional and nearly pale in comparison with the lives of historical detectives. Brilliant Deduction by Matt Kuhns explores the real life detectives in history who have made such an impact on the field of investigation.

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Ashley
May 11, 2013 Ashley rated it really liked it
Brilliant Deduction: The Story of Real-Life Great Detectives by Matt Kuhns attempts to answer the question, “Who are the greatest detectives to have ever lived?” Long before the days of CSI teams, DNA experts and fingerprint analysis there were detectives who used basic skills such as observation, disguise and analysis to solve crimes. Brilliant Deduction details the lives of nine men from the 19th and 20th centuries who helped to make detective work a respected profession and inspired such ...more
Katie
May 13, 2016 Katie rated it really liked it
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Terrific fodder for those looking for inspiration for writing detective fiction, with a robust appendix of further reading. The book shines when it takes a breath and does some real storytelling to break up the broader historical strokes, and I do wish there had been more of that. But then, I'm a fan of detective stories!
Joan Husmann
Feb 16, 2013 Joan Husmann rated it really liked it
If you like both history nonfiction and detective fiction, this book is a must-read. The real-life detectives in this book are just as amazing as their fictional counterparts, although I doubt if any of them ever donned a trench coat or a deerstalker cap.
Lauren Albert
I just couldn't get into this. I see all of the great reviews so I wonder why. I would have liked more discussion of the detection and less of the detectives but that's my own interest and maybe not that of the author.
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Matt Kuhns grew up in small-town Iowa, graduating with honors from Iowa State University. In his always eventful career as a graphic designer, he has worked for a private university, a boutique design studio and a craft products retail chain, as well as various nonprofit institutions and several advertising agencies. He currently operates his own independent design practice as Modern Alchemy LLC. ...more
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