The Expressman and the Detective

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Author: Allan Pinkerton
Published: 1874
Language: English
Wordcount: 75,311 / 212 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 67.8
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 2,465
Added to site: 2007.07.27
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During the greater portion of a very busy life, I have been actively engaged in the profession of a Detective, and hence have been brought in contact with many men, and have been an interested participant in many exciting occurrences.The narration of some of the most interesting of these events, happening in connection with my professional labors, is the realization of a pleasure I have long anticipated, and is the fulfillment of promises repeatedly made to numerous friends in by gone days.

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ed the letter, as I had not the slightest idea who the Vice-President was, and knew very little about the Adams Express, as, at that time, they had no office in the West.

I, however, sat down and read it over very carefully, and, on finishing it, determined to make a point in the case if I possibly could. I reviewed the whole of the Vice-President's letter, debating every circumstance connected with the robbery, and finally ended my consideration of the subject with the firm conviction that the robbery had been committed either by the agent, Maroney, or by the messenger, and I was rather inclined to give the blame to Maroney.

The letter was a very long one, but one of which I have always been proud. Having formed my opinion, I wrote to the Vice-President, explained to him the ground on which I based my conclusions, and recommended that they keep Maroney in their employ, and have a strict watch maintained over his actions.

After sending my letter, I could do nothing until the Vice-Presiden

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Average Rating of 5 from 2 reviews: *****
2015.03.02
Lena
*****

Unexpectedly good read.
With more than a century in advance, Allan Pinkerton anticipates the true crime books style: the narrative is a pure succession of actions and contra-actions.
And also, obviously, it's a real case and real experiences.
The author, the great A.P., is a clever, resourceful and sometimes humouristic narrator, and his detectives are more skillful and apt than the usual fictional detectives.

2012.02.25
M. Patterson
*****

Pinkerton's novels have a remarkable value, in that they show how detectives tracked down their targets without all of the technological advances that we have, today. The method, though placed somewhere near the time of Sherlock Holmes, is very practical and down-to-earth. After reading this, I realized what a bunch of fantasy-driven tripe that Sherlock Holmes really is!

The Expressman and the Detective involves a tremendous supply of detectives, surrounding and befriending the suspects, edging out all other friends, until eventually the truth is ascertained with a prosecutable certainty.


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