The story of the
legendary Pinkerton detective who took down the Molly Maguires and the Wild
The operatives of the Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency
were renowned for their skills of subterfuge, infiltration, and investigation,
none more so than James McParland. So thrilling were McParland’s cases that Sir
Arthur Conan Doyle included the cunning detective in a story along with
Riffenburgh digs deep into the recently released Pinkerton
archives to present the first biography of McParland and the agency’s
cloak-and-dagger methods. Both action packed and meticulously researched, Pinkerton’s Great Detective brings
readers along on McParland’s most challenging cases: from young McParland’s
infiltration of the murderous Molly Maguires gang in the case that launched his
career to his hunt for the notorious Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch to his
controversial investigation of the Western Federation of Mines in the
assassination of Idaho’s former governor.
Filled with outlaws and criminals, detectives and lawmen, Pinkerton’s Great Detective shines a
light upon the celebrated secretive agency and its premier sleuth. Download and start listening now!