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The Expressman and the Detective

The Expressman and the Detective by Allan Pinkerton
By: (1819-1884)

Allan Pinkerton (1819-1884), a Scotsman by birth and a barrel-maker by trade, settled in Chicago in its infancy and founded the Pinkertons, the world's first detective agency. Though events associated with the agency after his death have tarnished the name, Pinkerton himself was one of the original human rights advocates. He was a dear friend to John Brown, an advisor to Abraham Lincoln, and 80 years ahead of his time in hiring female detectives. He was also stubborn, irascible, and an egomaniac.

The Expressman and the Detective (1874) is Pinkerton's first attempt at putting his real-life experiences into novel form. Though many later works attributed to Pinkerton are understood to have been ghostwritten, this is the work of the man the London Times calls "a man at once deeply admirable and quite obnoxious."

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Allan Pinkerton's Detective Stories.

[Illustration: THE ROBBER.]




Fifteenth Thousand.

Chicago: W. B. Keen, Cooke & Co., 113 and 115 State Street. 1875.

Copyright, W. B. Keen, Cooke & Co., A. D. 1874.

The Lakeside Press.


During the greater portion of a very busy life, I have been actively engaged in the profession of a Detective, and hence have been brought in contact with many men, and have been an interested participant in many exciting occurrences.

The narration of some of the most interesting of these events, happening in connection with my professional labors, is the realization of a pleasure I have long anticipated, and is the fulfillment of promises repeatedly made to numerous friends in by gone days.


and the other works announced by my publishers, are all true stories , transcribed from the Records in my offices. If there be any incidental embellishment, it is so slight that the actors in these scenes from the drama of life would never themselves detect it; and if the incidents seem to the reader at all marvelous or improbable, I can but remind him, in the words of the old adage, that "Truth is stranger than fiction... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - March 29, 2015
Subject: very average book
A rather drawn out affair but the excellent reader did keep me interested until the end
Reviewer: - August 29, 2013
Subject: Not the best, not the worst.
An interesting insight into antebellum south of the US. A little whiny, but still acceptable.

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