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Conan Doyle for the Defence: A Sensational Murder, the Quest for Justice and the World's Greatest Detective Writer

Margalit Fox



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25 July 2018
Biography; True crime
Just before Christmas 1908, Marion Gilchrist, a wealthy 82-year-old spinster, was found bludgeoned to death in her Glasgow home. A valuable diamond brooch was missing, and police soon fastened on a suspect - Oscar Slater, a Jewish immigrant who was rumoured to have a disreputable character. Slater had an alibi, but was nonetheless convicted and sentenced to death, later commuted to life imprisonment in the notorious Peterhead Prison.

Seventeen years later, a convict called William Gordon was released from Peterhead. Concealed in a false tooth was a message, addressed to the only man Slater thought could help him - Arthur Conan Doyle. Always a champion of the downtrodden, Conan Doyle turned his formidable talents to freeing Slater, deploying a forensic mind worthy of Sherlock Holmes.

Drawing from original sources including Oscar Slater's prison letters, this is Margalit Fox's vivid and compelling account of one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in Scottish history.
By:   Margalit Fox
Imprint:   Profile
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Main
Dimensions:   Height: 222mm,  Width: 144mm,  Spine: 34mm
Weight:   564g
ISBN:   9781781253564
ISBN 10:   1781253560
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   25 July 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Out of Print

Margalit Fox�is an American writer for�The New York Times, and other publications. Her previous books include Riddle of the Labyrinth (Profile 2013).

Reviews for Conan Doyle for the Defence: A Sensational Murder, the Quest for Justice and the World's Greatest Detective Writer

Like a good murder mystery, Conan Doyle for the Defence is a fast-paced read that twists and turns with the panache of a Holmes short story. -- Paula Byrne * The Guardian * This is a first-class book: pacy, insightful and lucid -- James McConnachie * The Sunday Times * Praise for The Riddle of the Labyrinth 'An engrossing detective story of driven personalities, hidden clues, perseverance and intuition * The Sunday Times * lucid and engaging -- Allan Massie * Scotsman * True-crime writing at its finest... a real page-turner... definitely a must for fans of Sherlock Holmes * Belfast Telegraph *

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