Percy Fitzgerald (1834-1925) was a prolific author, critic, painter and sculptor. He was born in Ireland and attended Stonyhurst College in Lancashire, and then Trinity College Dublin. When he moved to London, he became a contributor to Charles Dickens' periodical Household Words. This two-volume work, published in 1888, gives a stirring account of the work of London's eighteenth-century law enforcers, the Bow Street Runners. Drawing on records of criminal cases, it tells how magistrates Henry Fielding and his blind half-brother Sir John Fielding helped to set up the Runners. Their actions dramatically reduced violent crime in the city and paved the way for the modern police force. Volume 2 features a wide selection of fascinating cases including the Cato Street Conspiracy and the callous murder of William Weare.
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Series: Chronicles of Bow Street Police-Office 2 Volume Set
08 December 2011
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1. A strange episode; 2. Bow Street and the patent theatres; 3. Bank and coach robberies; 4. Accomplished swindlers; 5. Various murders and robberies; 6. The Greenwich tragedy; 7. The murder of Weare; 8. The Cato Street plot; 9. The Queen's funeral in 1821; 10. The resurrection men; 11. Murder of the Italian boy; 12. Sir J. Dean Paul and Co.; 13. The Waterloo Bridge Mystery; 14. Dr Bernard; 15. Governor Eyre; 16. The Baron de Vidil; 17. 'The Flowery Land' pirates; 18. Muller; 19. The Clerkenwell explosion; 20. The female personators; 21. Kurr and Benson; 22. De Tourville's case; 23. 'The slate trick'; 24. The dynamiters; 25. The new police.