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.
A Death in Belmont
Fear, Murder and Justice in the Shadow of the Boston Strangler
This non-fiction novel tells of three strangers whose lives collided in Boston in March 1963. By the end of the day one of them had been raped and strangled, another arrested on suspicion of being the Boston Strangler, and the third, the real Strangler, returned home undetected.