Pinkerton's Great Detective
The Amazing Life and Times of James McParland
Created in 1850, Pinkerton's National Detective Agency used operatives renowned for their skills of subterfuge, infiltration and investigation – and none more so than James McParland, who even featured in a Sherlock Holmes story. This detailed but very readable biography from the author of Nimrod charts the famous cases of this real-life super-sleuth, including his infiltration of the Molly Maguires and his hunt for the Wild Bunch, and sheds new light on Pinkerton's cloak-and-dagger methods.
Death and the Dolce Vita
The Dark Side of Rome in the 1950s
In April 1953, the body of Wilma Montesi, a 21-year-old carpenter's daughter, was found on an Italian beach. Soon, rumours were circulating about drug-fuelled orgies involving some of the most powerful men in the country. Stephen Gundle's gripping social history focuses on this tragic case in order to investigate how post-war Rome, busily reinventing itself after the dark days of fascism as a glamorous, sophisticated and fashionable metropolis, had its seamy underside of corruption, exploitation and cover-ups.