In this thrilling true-crime procedural, the creator of Sherlock Holmes uses his unparalleled detective skills to exonerate a German Jew wrongly convicted of murder.One of USA Today's "Five new books you won't want to miss!" "Gripping . . . The book works on two levels, much like a good Holmes case."--TimeFor all the scores of biographies of Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the most famous detective in the world, there is no recent book that tells this remarkable story--in which Conan Doyle becomes a real-life detective on an actual murder case. In Conan Doyle for the Defense, Margalit Fox takes us step by step inside Conan Doyle's investigative process and illuminates a murder mystery that is also a morality play for our time--a story of ethnic, religious, and anti-immigrant bias.In 1908, a wealthy woman was brutally murdered in her Glasgow home. The police found a convenient suspect in Oscar Slater--an immigrant Jewish cardsharp--who, despite his obvious innocence, was tried, convicte...
|Title||:||Conan Doyle for the Defense: The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, a Quest for Justice, and the World's Most Famous Detective Writer|
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Conan Doyle for the Defense: The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, a Quest for Justice, and the World's Most Famous Detective Writer Reviews
This book was chock full of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle information. The Sherlock Holme's author was a true "gentleman". He had his principles and he stuck to them. I loved this book --if you are a Sherlock Holmes and true crime fan this book was written for you. It details the horrifying injustice done to Oscar Slater when he is wrongly found guilty of murdering a wealthy older woman he never even had heard of. ACD (along with a few others)helps to get Oscar out of his torturous prison cell in Peter ...more
Margalit Fox’s CONAN DOYLE FOR THE DEFENSE is a fascinating look at the social and political world of late Victorian England. The book focuses on Arthur Conan Doyle’s efforts to free a man wrongfully imprisoned for a murder he did not commit. But what’s most interesting is the justice system in the early 1900’s, and how fraught it was with prejudice, especially anti-Semitism, class warfare, and distrust of foreigners. Sound familiar? Yes, it does.
In 1908, a wealthy, elderly woman was brutally m ...more
It started off a little slow, but picked up steam around chapter 3. Margalit Fox's love and admiration for Conan Doyle shine throughout the story and why not? He was indisputably a great man. She correctly identifies his flirtations with spiritualism as sad but harmless delusions. Otherwise, he was a brilliant and talented man.
There is more in this book about the philosophies and techniques of the Victorian era’s criminal justice system than there is about Doyle’s efforts to clear Slater. With the clarity of hindsight, she criticizes or applauds each move made by all the players. It was interesting, but not quite what I was expecting. We do get some about Doyle. Throughout were interspersed snippets about his public and private life. There were also interesting parallels drawn between the techniques Doyle used to clea ...more
“...however improbable, must be the truth...”
In 1908, an elderly lady, Miss Gilchrist, was bludgeoned to death in her Glasgow home and a brooch was stolen. Shortly afterwards, Oscar Slater pawned a brooch and boarded a ship bound for America. These two facts were enough for the police to decide that he was the guilty man and, sure enough, they arrested and charged him, and he was convicted and condemned to death – a sentence that was swiftly commuted to life imprisonment in response to a growing ...more
CONAN DOYLE FOR THE DEFENSE. (2018). Margalit Fox. ***.
Aside from being the greatest detective writer of all times, Conan Doyle was seriously interested in other areas. One of them was the occult, or supernatural. The other was championing lost causes. In this case, he became the champion of a German Jew who was wrongly convicted of a brutal murder of a woman, and sentenced to life in a Scottish prison. I had read of his efforts in this defense before, but it is not well known. In this review, D ...more
Interesting details about Conan Doyle.
This would have made a great magazine article. Unfortunately, it was stretched to book length with irrelevant background and redundancy. Frankly, it only got good just after the halfway point. I would estimate that in the first 100 pages, only a dozen were actually about the "sensational British murder". The author also seemed to have an agenda of promoting a negative view of Victorian attitudes that got tiresome.
Having said all that, the background on Conan Doyle and the small bits on the actua ...more