The Big Policeman: The Rise and Fall of Americas First, Most Ruthless, and Greatest Detective
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Bringing the Gilded Age to life as he did in his acclaimed King of Heists: North Conway narrates in thrilling, vivid detail the crimes, murders, corruption, and gritty police work associated with the father of the American detective. North Conway is the author of King of Heists: He has been a daily newspaper reporter and editor, and a columnist and feature writer for the Providence Journal and Bostonia, the alumni publication of Boston University.
He lives in Assonet, Massachusetts. American Almanac A selection of social, political, cultural and historical details depicting the tenor of the times are presented in this intercalary chapter. He instituted a series of protocols that modernized the detective bureau including the use of mug shots, police line-ups and the use of undercover detectives to infiltrate criminal gangs.
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An Activist Life Christine Milne. Back cover copy "A fascinating, fast-moving account of one of the most polarizing and influential figures of nineteenth-century New York. Byrnes pioneered crime scene investigations, was the first to use mug shots, and perfected the brutal interrogation process called "the third degree," but he was forced to resign amid widespread corruption that had plagued the department for decades.
North Conway narrates in vivid detail the crimes, corruption, and gritty police work associated with the man history has dubbed "the big policeman. American Almanac A selection of social, political, cultural and historical details depicting the tenor of the times are presented in this intercalary chapter. He instituted a series of protocols that modernized the detective bureau including the use of mug shots, police line-ups and the use of undercover detectives to infiltrate criminal gangs.
Byrnes became an insurance investigator, opening a detective agency on Wall Street and died in Review quote "Creating period atmosphere by quoting extensively from newspaper accounts of the sensational crimes Byrnes solved, Conway portrays his subject's cleverness and excesses with a flawed-hero flavor that should draw in true-crime fans.
An essential read for those interested in police work, detective stories, and New York City history. Conway brings 'the big policeman' to life.
Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe, and the Invention of Murder "A treasure trove of information not only on larger-than-life pioneering detective Thomas Byrnes but also on law-and-order in wide-open nineteenth-century Manhattan. The Life, Times, and Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed the World Series "Across the sordid tableau of crime, vice, and murder in New York City's Gilded Age, no figure cut so enduring a path as Thomas Byrnes, the city's top cop who used brains and brawn in his then-groundbreaking belief that to catch a criminal, one must think like one.
North Conway has mined the clues and unraveled the mystery of the man behind the headlines, painting a nuanced portrait of the crusader who pioneered law enforcement's most durable and controversial investigative techniques. Meticulously researched and written like an unusually well-crafted police blotter, The Big Policeman portrays New York's criminal underground and ambitious lawmen as vividly as any TV drama ripped from the headlines.