Bloody Business: An Anecdotal History of the Scotland Yard

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From the serial murders of Jack the Ripper to the Great Train Robbery, the real-life crimes documented by Scotland Yard rival the thorniest cases of such resourceful fictional detectives as Sherlock Holmes, Jane Marple, and Hercule Poirot. Gathering together a dazzling array of true crime stories, this fascinating history of the world's most famous police department presents detailed portraits of the colorful characters who have left their mark on British law enforcement: magistrate Henry Fielding and his Bow ...
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Overview

From the serial murders of Jack the Ripper to the Great Train Robbery, the real-life crimes documented by Scotland Yard rival the thorniest cases of such resourceful fictional detectives as Sherlock Holmes, Jane Marple, and Hercule Poirot. Gathering together a dazzling array of true crime stories, this fascinating history of the world's most famous police department presents detailed portraits of the colorful characters who have left their mark on British law enforcement: magistrate Henry Fielding and his Bow Street Runners; Charles Rowan and Richard Mayne, the architects of England's new police force; and a rogues' gallery of notorious criminals—from Constance Kent, the 16-year-old child killer whose ingenious coverup almost fooled Victorian detectives, to a raft of modern-day terrorists including foreign extremists, IRA gunmen, and drug overlords. Elegantly written and filled with intriguing information, this book is a fitting tribute to those staunch upholders of British justice, the "sharp-eyed blokes'' of Scotland Yard. Black-and- white photos and illustrations.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780760712177
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/22/1999
  • Pages: 278

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2005

    An Entertaining and Informative Read

    Very interesting, lucid and well-written. Provides a wealth of information, especially about the first 75 years of Scotland Yard's existance. Any Sherlock Holmes devotee, Anglophile or true crime buff will appreciate its entertaining anecdotes about 'murder most English.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2001

    Bloody Bussiness is bloody good!

    THis a wonderful anecdotal history of modern law enforcement. The book is an easy read. You have to remind yourself it is non-fiction because it reads like a good mystery at times. THe book talks about the developement of investigative techniques over time. The interesting thing about this book is it proves the axiom, 'The more things change, the more they stay the same.' The criminals motives have not changed over time. The types of crimes and problems faced by police today are more or less the same type as yesterday. The evolution f patrol techniques and command structure is written about very well. Over all it is a well written history.

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