'Paddington' Pollaky: Private Detective
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The Victorian sleuth 'Paddington' Pollaky was a contradiction: a man of mystery who craved the limelight; a meddling busybody whose heart was in the right place. This first-ever biography investigates his involvement in the American Civil War, his campaign against sex trafficking and his dogged search for abducted children. It examines his methods - including placing cryptic messages in The Times - and considers whether he was the inspiration for Sherlock Holmes or Hercule Poirot.