Author: Capstick (Ex-Det. Chief Supt. John) with Thomas (Jack)
Year: 1960
Publisher: John Long
Edition Details: 1st Edn.
Book Condition: F/Vg+
Price: 40.00
Hardback. The autobiography of a man, who, when he retired from the police after 32yrs' service, was described as "one of the greatest murder investigators in the history of Scotland Yard". Jack Capstick joined the Metropolitan Police in 1925 as a constable, walking the beat in London's tough Seven Dials district, but within 15yrs. - a record promotion to detective inspector - he was known throughout the underworld as "Charlie Artful" - the nickname given him by Alf Dance, the celebrated head of the Flying Squad. As a detective inspector in the early days of the war, he handled his first murder case, when he rounded up every soldier within a mile of the scene of the crime to find the killer. More work with the Flying Squad fighting black market gangs and the command of a London division, led to his forming the crack Ghost Squad team with whom he was associated until, as a chief detective inspector, he moved to the Murder Squad. Finally Capstick became one of the Big Five in charge of South London divisions with a population of 4,000,000. Cases featured include : the murder of 3yr. old June Devaney at Blackburn when 40,000 people were fingerprinted; the murder of Patricia Curran, the judge's daughter, in Northern Ireland; the arrest of Ronald Harries, the young Carmarthenshire farmer who murdered his uncle and aunt; and the hunting down of Derrick Edwardson, who strangled 4yr. old Edwina Taylor near her Norwood home. Illus., Index. 203pp. 8vo. h/back. F. in Vg+ dw. which has the usual sunned sp.


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