BEING INFORMED A True Detective Story Told By A Genuine Insider

Author: Swain (John)
Year: 1995
Publisher: Janus Publishing
Edition Details: 1st Edn.
Book Condition: F/F
ISBN: 9781857561043
Price: 20.00
Hardback. Foreword by Sir Peter Imbert. The former Detective Superintendent at New Scotland Yard who invented the word 'Supergrass' fills in the details about true crime cases that the television reconstructions leave out. Television programmes and newspaper reports often set out to reconstruct a crime or report on a big police operation. These are of course interesting, but cannot be comprehensive. As the former Detective Superintendent at New Scotland Yard in charge of the 'robbery squad', the author was involved in many famous cases and he is able to fill in some of the gaps. He leads us through the techniques of interviewing and questioning; he hints at the dangers of pursuing determined criminals; he conducts us through the intricacies of dealing with informants and sketches in an array of characters and scenes that will amuse and intrigue. He will tell you that a detective is only as good as the information that he can glean from his contacts and informants. Whilst giving nothing away on this latter point, he is content to just refer you to the title of the book, for therein lies the secret of his many successes. The book is many things rolled into one: a selection of successfully investigated cases; a view of London that not many have; insights into police work and acquaintance with a dedicated and resourceful police officer. 239pp. 8vo. h/back. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. F. in F. dw.


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