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 Lost Cause
The Trials of Frank and Jesse James
In 1869 two strangers shot dead a bank teller in Missouri, the first of a series of crimes that would create the legend of Frank and Jesse James, and the only one for which Jesse would be tried. Yet no record of the case was known - until, in 2007, attorney James Muehlberger unearthed the documents. His account reveals how the motive was not robbery, but revenge for an earlier killing during the Civil War.