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McLevy: The Edinburgh Detective (Mercat…

McLevy: The Edinburgh Detective (Mercat Press)

by James McLevy

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This is a re-issue of a very early series of detective stories written in the 1850s. The author was a member of the Edinburgh police from the 1830s until he retired in approximately 1855. They give a fascinating glimpse into the period, not least because of McLevy's own prejudices. What is interesting too is that McLevy as a writer has been almost completely forgotten, although other later detective writers based work on his. ( )
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"In the 1860s, a few years before Arthur Conan Doyle began his medical studies at Edinburgh University, there appeared a hugely popular series of books with titles like "Curiosities of Crime in Edinburgh", "The Sliding Scale of Life" and "The Disclosures of a Detective". They were all the work of one James McLevy, an Edinburgh policeman. In the words of his editor at the time - "The name of McLevy is the guarantee of this book. He is known throughout the kingdom for the possession of those many qualities which go to form a successful detective officer. While he is beyond question without a competitor in Scotland, he has very few, if any, in England." The unjustly forgotten McLevy was one of the first exponents of the crime genre and a likely influence on the creator of Sherlock Holmes. He provides us with a remarkable evocation of Victorian Edinburgh and vivid descriptions of its criminal classes as they move between the very different worlds of the Old and New Towns."--Publisher details.… (more)

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