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.Material type: TextEdition: First U.S. editionDescription: xxvii, 319 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 22 cmISBN: 9780399589454; 0399589457; 9780399589478; 0399589473Subject(s): Doyle, Arthur Conan, 1859-1930 | Doyle, Arthur Conan, 1859-1930 | 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 | Detectives -- Scotland -- Glasgow | LAW -- Forensic Science | TRUE CRIME -- Murder -- General | Criminal investigation | Detectives | Discrimination in criminal justice administration | Forensic sciences | Murder | Vindication | Aufklarung | Justizirrtum | Kriminalistik | Mord | Scotland -- Glasgow | GlasgowGenre/Form: True crime stories. | True crime stories.DDC classification: 364.152/3094144 LOC classification: HV9960.G72 | G533 2018HV9960.G72 | G533 2019Other classification: LAW041000 | TRU002000
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-308) and index.
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.
"In this thrilling true-crime procedural, the creator of Sherlock Holmes uses his unparalleled detective skills to exonerate a German Jew wrongly convicted of murder"--
"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.