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...
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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 factual account of a man who was arrested and nearly hanged for a murder he did not commit could have been written in modern times except for the fact that forensic science had not yet been introduced. However, society's prejudices lead then to a shoddy police investigation and subsequent prosecution -- something that remains prevalent in modern society.
As some other reviewers have mentioned, Margalit Fox's retelling of this story of justice miscarried suffers from her constant insertions of unnecessary, judgemental commentary. Yes, I think most people would agree that racism, anti-Semitism and imperialism, whether practised 100 years ago or today, are reprehensible. That's surely a given. Not for Fox, who has to tell us time and time again how wrong-headed or right-headed her gallery of characters were. There are also annoying inconsistencies ...more
Margalit Fox is mainly noted as a linguist, serving on many usage panels and boards for language usage handbooks. She also had a long career as writer of obituaries for the New York Times. But wait a minute. She didn’t just hack out death notices. Her tributes to the lives of celebrities and notables were classics. Her work was submitted twice for Pulitzer Prizes.
“Conan Doyle for the Defense” is her third book and has prompted her retirement from the newspaper to concentrate on her book writing ...more
What a fascinating book. It delivers a true crime “mystery “ solved by the great Conan Doyle (creator of the famous Sherlock Holmes) presented within the social context of Victorian England. I enjoyed this very much - it was engrossing and certainly well-written.
My thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an arc in exchange for my honest review.
the real and fake csi.....
This really needs to be made into a tv show!
If you're like me and love reading fictional murder mysteries or true crime books, this is a must read as it offers both a fascinating plot and lots of little insights that I haven't read before.
I've read a lot of Conan-Doyle, Agatha Christie and Robin Stevens books and I now have a new author to read.
Thanks to netgalley for the chance to read this.
The first third of this book is hopeless repetition. The author adds a bit of new information to a chapter and surrounds it with information previously covered. Then, quite suddenly, the story picks up speed and clarity and becomes the anticipated tale! Wonderful photographs are also included. 2.5 stars for the first third of the book and 5 stars for the final 2/3= my 4 star rating.
Conan Doyle For The Defense by Margarita Fox recounts the 1908 murder of Marion Gilchrist, a wealthy elderly woman in an elegant part of Glasgow. The crime was committed not very long after the notorious Dreyfus affair and has some of the significant elements, reflective of the anti-Semitic 19th century sentiment in Europe.
The recounting of the 1908 Glasgow murder through the trial, incarceration of Oscar Slater, the only suspect Glasgow police centered on and the entry of Arthur Conan Doyle ont ...more