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The First Detective

James Morton

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ISBN 13: 978-1-4683-0057-4
Trim Size: 5 3/8 x 8
Paperback
Overlook
8/28/12

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Eugene François Vidocq was born in France in 1775 and his life spanned the French Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars and the 1848 revolutions. He was the Inspector Morse, the Sherlock Holmes, the James Bond of his day. A notorious criminal in his youth, he became a police officer and employed a gang of ex-convicts as his detectives. He developed innovative criminal indexing techniques and experimented with fingerprinting, until his cavalier attitude towards the thin blue line forced him out of the police. So he began the world’s very first private detective agency.

The cases he solved were high profile, and gradually he grew in notoriety. However, his reputation didn’t prevent him from becoming a spy and moving secretly across the dangerous borders of Europe. The First Detective is a gloriously enjoyable historical romp through the eighteenth century in the company of the man whose influence on law enforcement still holds to this day.

Praise for The First Detective:

"The author tracks the shadowy figure whose exploits inspired novelists." —Los Angeles Times

"An impressively exhaustive examination." —Sacramento/San Francisco Book Review


James Morton practiced law for twenty-five years before becoming editor of Law Journal and Criminal Lawyer. He is now a full-time freelance writer and the author of many books, including the bestselling Gangland series.

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