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.
The Appin Murder
In Their Own Words
The Highlands in the years immediately following Culloden were an explosive mixture of clan rivalry and Jacobite-Hanoverian enmity. Nevertheless, the murder in 1752 of Colin Campbell and subsequent hanging of James Stewart became a cause celebre, primarily because the wrong man had gone to the gallows. Using contemporary letters and witness statements, this book re-examines the facts and invites readers to draw their own conclusions about a 255 year-old murder mystery.