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Recollections of a Detective Police-Officer

Thomas Waters

Amongst the earliest police memoirs

This volume, an enlarged version from its first appearance in 1860, is a collection of true-crime stories. Written by Thomas Waters, aka William Russell, a detective inspector in London, the stories are based on real events.

From run-ins with gamblers, through burglaries and missing persons to counterfeiting, Waters has seen it all.

  • Classification : Classic Crime & Adventure/Thrillers
  • Pub Date : JUN 20, 2023
  • Imprint : YELLOWBACK
  • Page Extent : 350
  • Binding : PB
  • ISBN : 9789357311793
  • Price : INR 499
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Thomas Waters

Thomas Waters aka William Russell (18061876) was an English writer considered among the first and most prolific authors to write 'police memoirs' or detective stories (some published under the pseudonym 'Waters' or 'Thomas Waters'). He also wrote nautical adventures (under the pseudonym 'Lieutenant Warneford, R.N.'), and legal stories.

Russell is thought to have been born in Southampton in 1806, and in the late 1840s started contributing an irregular series of stories to Chambers's Edinburgh Journal between 1849 and 1852. He also contributed to The London Journal, St. James's Magazine, and The Sixpenny Magazine.

Ten of Russell's Chambers detective stories were subsequently published in unauthorized editions in New York in 1852 and 1853, entitled The Recollections of a Policeman. The same ten, plus two additional stories, were then collated into a volume entitled Recollections of a Detective Police-Officer, published in London in 1856 (also reprinted with slightly different titles). A collection of his sea stories appeared in Tales of the Coast Guard (also 1856), and Leaves from the Diary of a Law Clerk was published in 1857.

Among other works, Autobiography of an English Detective was published in two volumes in 1863.

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