Classic Crimes

Overview

Dorothy Sayers called William Roughead "the best showman who ever stood before the door of the chamber of horrors," and his true crime stories, written in the early 1900s, are among the glories of the genre. Displaying a meticulous command of evidence and unerring dramatic flair, Roughead brings to life some of the most notorious crimes and extraordinary trials of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century England and Scotland. Utterly engrossing, these accounts of pre-meditated mayhem and miscarried justice also cast a ...
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Overview

Dorothy Sayers called William Roughead "the best showman who ever stood before the door of the chamber of horrors," and his true crime stories, written in the early 1900s, are among the glories of the genre. Displaying a meticulous command of evidence and unerring dramatic flair, Roughead brings to life some of the most notorious crimes and extraordinary trials of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century England and Scotland. Utterly engrossing, these accounts of pre-meditated mayhem and miscarried justice also cast a powerful light on the evil that human beings, and human institutions, find both tempting to contemplate and all too easy to do.
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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
A volume which must henceforth be the cornerstone of any library of crime.
San Francisco Chronicle
Any murder enthusiast who has never read any of Roughead┬╣s sharp, wise, pawky accounts of British crimes will find [Classic Crimes] the best possible introduction to the man and his subject.
Joyce Carol Oates
Intelligence, skepticism, and a flair for old-fashioned storytelling.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780940322462
  • Publisher: New York Review Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Series: New York Review Books Classics Series
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 970,372
  • Product dimensions: 4.98 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.47 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Katharine Nairn 3
Deacon Brodie 35
The West Port Murders 85
To Meet Miss Madeleine Smith 129
Constance Kent's Conscience 171
The Sandyford Mystery 217
The Balham Mystery 263
Dr. Pritchard Revisited 303
The Arran Murder 347
The Ardlamont Mystery 379
The Slater Case 465
The Merrett Mystery 517
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