Scotland Yard. The name itself conjures up a mental picture of old-time detectives in trench coats snooping around a crime scene with a giant magnifying glass. Indeed, over the years, the Metropolitan Police Force in London has become an inspirational icon, and the setting of countless literary masterpieces, films, television shows, music, and other works of art.
What is it about this particular force that draws so many to the famous Yard? Throughout the evolution of British policing and the rise of Scotland Yard, the people who worked there took on some of the most notorious cases, and in the process they helped shape criminal investigative techniques. Along the way, the headquarters featured some famous people, and it was home to both triumphant feats and scandalous controversies throughout the Yard's action-packed history.
Scotland Yard: The History of British Policing and the World's Most Famous Police Force looks at how London's iconic police force became the world's most famous. You will learn about Scotland Yard like never before.
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Narrator was best part
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I wonder how the professor reacted to this thesis. I appreciated the first part which dealt with the early history of law management in Britain and the rise of an organized body to deal with miscreants. The progression to the Peelers and then the Yard is of interest, but then it devolves into sensationalism of the Whitechapel murders and Crippen. Historic, but done rather to excess as is recounting numerous episodes of graft and other malfeasance by members of the force and CID. These things are disgusting yet true, but the emphasis seemed somewhat inappropriate.
The narrator was very good at sounding neutral, even with the graphic description of murders with mutilation.
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