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Mysteries of Police and Crime

by Arthur Griffiths

A great book. It lets you see the European History of the XVII-XIX centuries in a different light.
It's not a speedy reading, the text is dense. I read a chapter per week and it was a right amount of information.
You get a history of crime, of police and its acceptation and corruption in different countries, their balance with the personal liberties, the great judicial errors, the detectives and the famous criminals, the most notable crimes.
An ample casuistic and good commentaries, sometimes biaised according to some dated concepts.
But all in all, you see that the crime detection, even with the DNA, didn't evolute as grandly as they say, while the public freedom has greatly suffered.

Reviewed on 2015.08.06

Number Seventeen

by Louis Tracy

It's one of the earliest Tracy's books.
The writing isn't as nimble as in his later novels and the main character is a bit too much lovesick for my taste.
The worst of the book are the lengthy and reiterative explanations with which the personages fill the pages, in most cases, needlessly.
The plot isn't very solid, doesn't create many expectations finishes in somewhat hurried and unconvincing manner.
The strong points are: a pleasant narrative atmosphere, noble feelings, some good humouristic moments and at least two interesting personages.

Reviewed on 2015.06.19

Death of a Viewer

by Herbert Adams

The first third part of total text extension is dedicated to dull political discussions typical of the last century's fifties, always in a very British flegmatic manner.
The criminal intrigue begins in the second third part of the novel.
The crime plot is of a traditional and simplistic kind, the detectives aren't too bright and sometimes are frankly dull and their interrogation dialogues are plainly wooden.
The worst of it are the uninteresting characters.
The victims and the suspects don't awake a minimal empathy so the crimes' solution doesn't really matter.

Reviewed on 2015.06.17

The Big Caper

by Lionel White

Another great L.White's book.
The author is a really notable storyteller.
The characters are specially good, some portraits are unique, masterfully created, the author knows how to make you want to follow them.
The plot is mostly the unexpected actions of these personages seemingly dominated by a powerful mobster.
The story isn't of a most popular kind, the usual ending is just the opposite, and you know that it isn't going the usual way, but I couldn't put the book down.
It's artfully plotted and the author is great putting his personages in risky circunstances.
Suspense and magnificent style, very visual, harsh and sardonic.

Reviewed on 2015.06.15

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