The First Detective
The Life and Revolutionary Times of VIDOCQ: Criminal, Spy and Private Eye
By James Morton
(Overlook Press, Hardcover, 9781590206386, 266pp.)
Publication Date: June 2011
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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The cases he solved were high profile and he grew in notoriety. However, his infamy didn't prevent him from becoming a spy and moving secretly across the dangerous borders of Europe. This is a gloriously enjoyable historical romp through the eighteenth century in the company of the man whose influence still holds to this day.
Eugene-Francois Vidocq was a common criminal who became the world's first detective. Robert Siegel talks with author James Morton about this 19th century Frenchman. Morton's book, The First Detective: The Life and Revolutionary Times of Vidocq: Criminal, Spy and Private Eye, is out this week. More at NPR.org
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