The Big Policeman by J. North Conway
The Rise and Fall of America's First, Most Ruthless, and Greatest Detective

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But, for the most part, Mr. Conway passes lightly over the more disreputable aspects of his subject's career, and concentrates on the detective's greatest cases...We still await a popular account that sets the "Big Policeman" firmly in the context of his times.
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A story bursting at the seams with murder, mayhem, and intrigue--the astonishing career of Thomas Byrnes, the 19th Century New York City detective who closed the city's most notorious murders and robberies; perfected and popularized "the third degree;" and became one of the most celebrated detectives in American history.

 

 

About J. North Conway

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J. North Conway is the author of nine nonfiction books, including King of Heists: The Sensational Bank Robbery of 1878 That Shocked America (Lyons Press) and American Literacy: Fifty Books That Define Our Culture and Ourselves. He teaches English at Bristol Community College and the University of Massachusetts Darmouth. 
 
Published November 9, 2010 by Lyons Press. 336 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Crime, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Mike Dash on Dec 11 2010

But, for the most part, Mr. Conway passes lightly over the more disreputable aspects of his subject's career, and concentrates on the detective's greatest cases...We still await a popular account that sets the "Big Policeman" firmly in the context of his times.

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