Classic Crimes: A Selection from the Works of William Roughead

Classic Crimes

A Selection from the Works of William Roughead

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ISBN10: 0940322463 ISBN13: 9780940322462 Contributors: Sante, Luc Publisher: New York Review of Books Published: Sep 1 2000 Pages: 560 Weight: 1.25lbs. Height: 7.75" Width: 5.00" Depth: 1.50" Language: English

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Dorothy Sayers called William Roughead "the best showman who ever stood before the door of the chamber of horrors," and his true crime stories, written in the early 1900s, are among the glories of the genre. Displaying a meticulous command of evidence and unerring dramatic flair, Roughead brings to life some of the most notorious crimes and extraordinary trials of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century England and Scotland. Utterly engrossing, these accounts of pre-meditated mayhem and miscarried justice also cast a powerful light on the evil that human beings, and human institutions, find both tempting to contemplate and all too easy to do.

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