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The Expressman and the Detective

Allan Pinkerton (1819-1884)

1. 00 - Preface
2. 01 - Chapter I
3. 02 - Chapter II
4. 03 - Chapter III
5. 04 - Chapter IV
6. 05 - Chapter V
7. 06 - Chapter VI
8. 07 - Chapter VII
9. 08 - Chapter VIII
10. 09 - Chapter IX
11. 10 - Chapter X
12. 11 - Chapter XI
13. 12 - Chapter XII
14. 13 - Chapter XIII
15. 14 - Chapter XIV
16. 15 - Chapter XV
17. 16 - Chapter XVI
18. 17 - Chapter XVII
19. 18 - Chapter XVIII
20. 19 - Chapter XIX
21. 20 - Chapter XX
22. 21 - Chapter XXI
23. 22 - Chapter XXII
24. 23 - Chapter XXIII
25. 24 - Chapter XXIV
26. 25 - Chapter XXV
27. 26 - Chapter XXVI
28. 27 - Chapter XXVII
29. 28 - Chapter XXVIII
30. 29 - Chapter XXIX
31. 30 - Chapter XXX

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Summary

Allan Pinkerton (1819-1884), a Scotsman by birth and a barrel-maker by trade, settled in Chicago in its infancy and founded the Pinkertons, the world's first detective agency. Though events associated with the agency after his death have tarnished the name, Pinkerton himself was one of the original human rights advocates. He was a dear friend to John Brown, an advisor to Abraham Lincoln, and 80 years ahead of his time in hiring female detectives. He was also stubborn, irascible, and an egomaniac.The Expressman and the Detective (1874) is Pinkerton's first attempt at putting his real-life experiences into novel form. Though many later works attributed to Pinkerton are understood to have been ghostwritten, this is the work of the man the London Times calls "a man at once deeply admirable and quite obnoxious."

Reviews

andy wogan

- very average book

A rather drawn out affair but the excellent reader did keep me interested until the end

RtR

- Not the best, not the worst.

An interesting insight into antebellum south of the US. A little whiny, but still acceptable.