The Century of the Detective. Jurgen Thorwald, Richard Winston, Clara Winston, Trans.

The Century of the Detective

New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., 1965.

Hardcover. 9 1/2" X 6 1/2". xii, 500pp. Wear to price-clipped dust jacket with toning and rubbing to covers. Creasing, chipping, and several open and closed tears to corners and edges of jacket. Foxing to inside of jacket. Red cloth over boards with spine lettered in gilt. Bumps to corners and to head and tail of spine. Light rubbing and dust-spotting to edges of text block. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is sound. Includes 16 pages of illustrations.

In the second half of the nieteenth century, along with many other explosive developments sparked by the advance of science, there began one of the most sensational of all new fields: the scientific investigation of crime.

Jurgen Thorwald, who in The Century of the Surgeon retraced so successfully the history of modern surgery, has now treated brilliantly the science of detection. Allying an encyclopedic knowledge of facts with a unique gift for dramatic narrative, the author begins by relating the discovery of fingerprinting as the first giant step in modern police work. He goes on to show how forensic medicine quite literally makes dead men speak, and how toxicology keeps abreast of the dangerous growth and variety of chemical poisonings. The science of ballistics, of such vital importance in proving guilt or innocence, form another chapter. Each decisive advance is highlighted by some courtroom drama and linked to the colorful personalities who, in laboratories and field work, unravel the complex mysteries of crime. What makes the book so absorbing is that Thorwald stresses the human element throughout, in this story of sensational triumphs, but also of stupidity and error.(Publisher). Good + / good. Item #8264

Price: $75.00