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Author Fox, Margalit, author.

Title 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 Info. New York : Random House, [2018]


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 GDL Casa Verdugo Library Non-Fiction    364.1523 FOX    Available
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    364.1523 FOX    Available
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Edition First U.S. edition.
Description xxvii, 319 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
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Summary "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 obvious 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."--Dust jacket.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-308) and index.
Contents Prologue: Prisoner 2988 -- Book one: Diamonds. A footfall on the stair ; The mysterious Mr. Anderson ; The knight-errant ; The man in the Donegal cap -- Book two: Blood. Traces ; The original Sherlock Holmes ; The art of reasoning backward ; A case of identity -- Book three: Granite. The trap door ; "Until he be dead" ; The cold cruel sea ; Arthur Conan Doyle, consulting detective ; The strange case of George Edalji ; Prisoner 1992 -- Book four: Paper. "You know my method" ; The ruin of John Thomson Trench ; Cannibals included ; The purloined brooch ; The gates of Peterhead ; More light, more justice ; The knight and the knave -- Epilogue: What became of them.
Subject Doyle, Arthur Conan, 1859-1930.
Discrimination in criminal justice administration -- Scotland -- Glasgow.
Murder -- Scotland -- Glasgow.
Criminal investigation -- Scotland -- Glasgow.
Forensic sciences -- Scotland -- Glasgow.
Vindication -- Scotland -- Glasgow.
Detectives -- Scotland -- Glasgow.
Genre/Form True crime stories.
ISBN 9780399589454 (hardcover)
0399589457 (hardcover)
9780399589461 (electronic book)
Standard No. 40028301838

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