CONAN DOYLE FOR THE DEFENSE: The True Story


CONAN DOYLE FOR THE DEFENSE: The True Story

MARGALIT FOX    Book Number: 89024    Product format: Hardback

Don your hunting hat and pipe as you step into an Edwardian murder trial. This real-life crime drama shares how world-famous author of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle used his unparalleled detective skills to absolve Oscar Slater, a Jewish immigrant who was wrongly convicted of murder. It is 1908 and a wealthy woman is found dead in her Glasgow home. Slater was determined to be the perfect suspect. Conan Doyle, outraged at the injustice and fixated on this new case, used the methods of his beloved character to win Slater's freedom in 1927 by analysing trial transcripts, newspaper cut-outs and eyewitness accounts before meticulously recording all inconsistencies, loopholes and (most notably) pure fabrications from police and prosecutors. Learn about the role of the detective in Conan Doyle's world and their two-fold role: firstly, to reassure by pointing out how you could read criminality on a person and, secondly, to embrace science (including medicine) and act as an agent of cure. This book offers brilliant scrutiny from Conan Doyle, from his 'interrogation of objects' during Slater's trial through which he managed to produce the first truly credible motive for Miss Gilchrist's murder and his assertion that a missing broach was in fact what professionals in the crime writing world will call, 'a red herring', to logically asking how one could view the Lord-Advocate's courtroom arguments as accurate when he delivered his speech without notes, adding a sense of elegance but removing any defence of accuracy. Discover that Slater's case was not the only historical affair that the crime writer intervened in, investigating the case of Mr George Edalji, during which he knew after a single glance that the young man was not a culprit of a cattle slayer who made 'nocturnal sacrifice to strange gods.' The book includes stunning images, from a photograph of a secret message, carried to Conan Doyle in the mouth of a paroled convict in 1925, which would bring about Slater's release, to portrait shots such as Conan Doyle with Craigie Aitchison (now regarded as the greatest Scottish criminal lawyer of all time) at the review of Slater's case in 1928 and Oscar Slater in the late 1920s, dapper once again post release. There are diagrams and photographs used to help illustrate the scene of the crime with a blueprint of Miss Gilchrist's home and her family tree, shots of the stairs at Miss Gilchrist's home where two mysterious footprints were found and photographs of Slater's business cards (one with the name Oscar Slater, the other with an alias - A. Anderson. The events of this case are straight out of a Holmes tale that will have you gripped until the history's denouement. Remainder mark, black and white images, 326pp.
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ISBN 9780399589454
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