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McLevy: The Edinburgh Detective
by James McLevy
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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.
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