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The Resource Conan Doyle for the defense : the true story of a sensational British murder, a quest for justice, and the world's most famous detective writer, Margalit Fox

Conan Doyle for the defense : the true story of a sensational British murder, a quest for justice, and the world's most famous detective writer, Margalit Fox

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Conan Doyle for the defense : the true story of a sensational British murder, a quest for justice, and the world's most famous detective writer
Title
Conan Doyle for the defense
Title remainder
the true story of a sensational British murder, a quest for justice, and the world's most famous detective writer
Statement of responsibility
Margalit Fox
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "In this thrilling true-crime procedural, the creator of Sherlock Holmes uses his unparalleled detective skills to exonerate a German Jew wrongly convicted of murder. For all the scores of biographies of Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the most famous detective in the world, there is no American book that tells this remarkable story--in which Conan Doyle becomes a real-life detective on an actual murder case. In Conan Doyle for the Defense, Margalit Fox takes us step-by-step inside Conan Doyle's investigative process and illuminates a murder mystery that is also a morality play for our time--a story of ethnic, religious, and anti-immigrant bias. In 1908, a wealthy woman was brutally murdered in her Glasgow home. The police found a convenient suspect in Oscar Slater--an immigrant Jewish cardsharp--who, despite his innocence, was tried, convicted, and consigned to life at hard labor in a brutal Scottish prison. Conan Doyle, already world famous as the creator of Sherlock Holmes, was outraged by this injustice and became obsessed with the case. Using the methods of his most famous character, he scoured trial transcripts, newspaper accounts, and eyewitness statements, meticulously noting myriad holes, inconsistencies, and outright fabrications by police and prosecutors. Finally, in 1927, his work won Slater's freedom. Margalit Fox, a celebrated longtime writer for The New York Times, has "a nose for interesting facts, the ability to construct a taut narrative arc, and a Dickens-level gift for concisely conveying personality" (Kathryn Schulz, New York). In Conan Doyle for the Defense, she immerses readers in the science of Edwardian crime detection and illuminates a watershed moment in the history of forensics, when reflexive prejudice began to be replaced by reason and the scientific method"--
  • "In 1908 an elderly woman was brutally murdered in her Glasgow apartment. The police found a convenient but innocent suspect in Oscar Slater--a Jewish cardsharp--who was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, already the world-famous creator of Sherlock Holmes, was outraged by this injustice and became obsessed with the case. Over the years he scoured trial transcripts, newspaper accounts, and police diaries, meticulously noting myriad holes and inconsistencies. Finally, in 1927, his work won Slater's freedom. Conan Doyle for the Defense immerses readers in the science of Edwardian crime detection, telling the story of how Conan Doyle managed to get this murder conviction overturned by employing the methods of his most famous creation. Along the way, Fox illuminates a watershed moment in the history of criminal justice when reflexive prejudice began gradually to be replaced by reason and the scientific method"--
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Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
364.152/3094144
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HV9960.G72
LC item number
G533 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Conan Doyle for the defense : the true story of a sensational British murder, a quest for justice, and the world's most famous detective writer, Margalit Fox
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-308) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1030445407
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Edition.
Extent
xxvii, 319 pages
Isbn
9780399589454
Lccn
2017058151
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1030445407
Label
Conan Doyle for the defense : the true story of a sensational British murder, a quest for justice, and the world's most famous detective writer, Margalit Fox
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-308) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1030445407
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Edition.
Extent
xxvii, 319 pages
Isbn
9780399589454
Lccn
2017058151
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1030445407

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