The First Detective

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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 30, 2011

The cases he solved were high profile, and gradually he grew in notoriety. However, his reputation didn t prevent him from becoming a spy and moving secretly across the dangerous borders of Europe. The First Detective is a gloriously enjoyable historical romp through the eighteenth century in the company of the man whose influence on law enforcement still holds to this day.

Friday, Jul 1, 2011

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

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