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
Book | Random House | 2018 | First U.S. edition.
Available at Gateway-Racine Campus General Collection (HV 9960 G7.2 G5.33 2018)
First U.S. edition.
xxvii, 319 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-308) and index.
PROLOGUE: PRISONER 2988
BOOK ONE: DIAMONDS
Chapter One: A Football on the Stair
Chapter Two: The Mysterious Mr. Anderson
Chapter Three: The Knight-Errant
Chapter Four: The Main in the Donegal Cap
BOOK TWO: BLOOD
Chapter Five: Traces
Chapter Six: The Original Sherlock Holmes
Chapter Seven: The Art of Reasoning Backward
Chapter Eight: A Case of Identity
BOOK THREE: GRANITE
Chapter Nine: The Trap Door
Chapter Ten: "Until He Be Dead"
Chapter Eleven: The Cold Cruel Sea
Chapter Twelve: Arthur Conan Doyle, Consulting Detective
Chapter Thirteen: The Strange Case of George Edalji
Chapter Fourteen: Prisoner 1992
BOOK FOUR: PAPER
Chapter Fifteen: "You Know My Method"
Chapter Sixteen: The Ruin of John Thomson Trench
Chapter Seventeen: Cannibals Included
Chapter Eighteen: The Purloined Brooch
Chapter Nineteen: The Gates of Peterhead
Chapter Twenty: More Light, More Justice
Chapter Twenty-one: The Knight and the Knave
Epilogue: What Became of Them
"For all the scores of biographies of Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the most famous detective in the world, there is no recent book that tells this remarkable story--in which Conan Doyle becomes a real-life detective on an actual murder case. In [this book], Margalit Fox takes us step by step inside Conan Doyle's investigative process and illuminates a murder mystery that is also a morality play for our time--a story of ethnic, religious, and anti-immigrant bias. 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. Margalit Fox ... immerses readers in the science of Edwardian crime detection and illuminates a watershed moment in the history of forensics, when reflexive prejudice began to be replaced by reason and the scientific method."-- Jacket.
18.00 AHS (99-AHS-9)