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McLevy free pdf Edinburgh has provided the backdrop to stories of detection for almost a century and a half. In the 1860s, a few years before Conan Doyle began his medical studies at Edinburgh University, there appeared a hugely popular series of books with titles including "Curiosities of Crime in Edinburgh", "The Sliding Scale of Life" and "The Disclosures of a Detective". They were all the work of one James McLevy, an Edinburgh policeman. The now largely forgotten, McLevy was one of the first exponents of the crime genre and a likely influence on the creator of Sherlock Holmes.Like Conan Doyle, McLevy had an Irish background. He was born in Co Armagh, the son of a small farmer. Largely self-educated, he joined the Edinburgh police force in 1830 as a night watchman before rising up through the ranks to become a detective. The collection of stories in this book are based on some of the 2,220 cases he dealt with in the course of his career, wonderfully evoking the spirit of the city, and the vivid descriptions of its criminal classes as they moved between the very different worlds of the Old and New Towns. It is introduced by Quintin Jardine.

About James McLevy

In 1833 James McLevy became a detective and handled over two thousand cases during his 30-year career, almost always securing a conviction, before going on to publish a series of extremely popular books in the 1860s.Quintin Jardine is a highly successful crime-writer, best known for his series of Edinburgh-set books based on the cases of DCC Bob Skinner. His most recent novels include Death's Door, Dead and Buried and Stay of Execution.

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Author : James McLevy
Publisher : Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited
Data Published : 21 August 2008
ISBN : 1841587419
EAN : 9781841587417
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 208 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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