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The Century of the Detective, by Jurgen Thorwald. Translated from the German by R and C Winston.

Did you know two men deciphered the secret of fingerprints… at the same time, a hlaf-world apart? Do you know what Bertillionage is? No? Then you must read this well-researched tale of the genesis of forensic detection.

Includes material on Alphonese Bertillon, Scotland Yard, Adolf Beck, Doctor Crippen, Bernard Spilsbury, Marie Lafarge, Marie Besnard, Sacco-Vanzett, St. Valentine's Day Massacre, among other topics.

Published by Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc. 1965. Stated first edition. Hardcover.

No marks or tears. Spine is tight and straight. Dust cover has some tears but is intact and clean. A beautiful copy!

The Century of the Detective (1966) by Jurgen Thorwald - Vintage Classic Nonfiction