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First Detective: The Life and Revolutionary Times of Eugene-Francois Vidocq, Criminal Spy and Private Eye
James Morton (au)
A gripping account of one of history’s most influential and entertaining rogues. Eugene-Francois Vidocq was born in France in 1775 and by his early twenties was a notorious criminal. He then turned police officer and employed a gang of ex-convicts as his detectives. He invented innovative criminal indexes and experimented with fingerprinting, estab. techniques that are still in practice today. Eventually, he was forced out of the police. So Vidocq opened the first private detective agency. The cases he solved were high profile, but it didn’t prevent him from becoming a spy and moving secretly across the borders of Europe. Balzac, Hugo and Dickens all created characters based on Vidocq. “An entertaining bio. of a man whose influence holds to this day.”
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