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James McLevy was an Edinburgh policeman in the 19th century. He was one of the first crime writers?filling his pages with tales of fights, prostitution, robberies, and other encounters on his beat in the capital.
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James McLevy was born in Ballymacnab in Co. Armagh, the son of a farmer. He later moved to Edinburgh and became a builder's labourer, before joining the police. In 1833 he became a detective and handled 2,220 cases during his 30-year career, almost always securing a conviction. He published a series of extremely popular books in the 1860s, including Curiosities of Crime in Edinburgh, The Sliding Scale of Life and The Disclosures of a Detective.Review:
'A fascinating insight into the Victorian underclass ... a powerful writer.' Daily Mail 'These stories are true crime classics, imbued with all the pathos, darkness and occasional humour that you will find in the best crime fiction.' Quintin Jardine This is a gem ... A fantastic weaving of period Edinburgh culture with intricate, captivating detective work ... Go out and buy one, now.' Manda Scott, The Herald 'Very inspiring ... part of our history and part of our culture.' --Alanna Knight
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Book Description Mercat Pr, 2004. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111841830313