The Life and Revolutionary Times of Vidocq
A major new historical biography of the influential criminal spy and private detective Eugene Vidocq
Eugene Vidocq was the Morse, the Guv'nor, the James Bond of his day. A notorious criminal and prison escaper, he turned police officer and employed a gang of ex-convicts as his detectives. Now, James Morton takes us on a historical romp through the 18th century in search of this elusive figure.
Today Vidocq's influence can still be seen as members of The Vidocq Society, an unusual, exclusive crime-solving organization honor him by applying their collective forensic skills and experience to 'cold case' homicides and unsolved deaths.
“You really must read ... The First Detective: the extraordinary life and times of a career-criminal”
“Morton has done Vidocq a service by removing him from his unfair tabloid image and giving him his due as an important social innovator”