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Found a great book at a garage sale last weekend! By Allan Pinkerton, founder of the famous ‘Pinkerton`s We Never Sleep Detective Agency. It was published in 1880 and is an account of some of his cases. My husband guesses that the book was his retirement project.

It is divided into sections: CRIMINAL SKETCHES – fourteen chapters, LIGHTNING STEALERS AND THE DETECTIVEfifteen chapters, THE EDGEWOOD MYSTERY AND THE DETECTIVE – seventeen chapters, BOOMING LOGS AND THE DETECTIVE – twelve chapters, CRIMINAL REMINISCENCES – five chapters.

The book is a glorious 598 yellowed, occasionally ripped, pages long. Loving it! Samples of the exquisite woodcut illustrations will be coming in future postings.


  1. Oooh…Sounds fantastic! And a rare find! Even reading a book you know in a worn and tattered form can add to the mystery. I found a 1940s edition of Wilkie Collins’ ‘The Woman in White,’ and the read was so much better for its oldness.


  2. I’m curious – was it illustrated?

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