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American Sherlock : remembering a pioneer in scientific crime investigation
Publication Information:
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2019]

Physical Description:
x, 300 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction and acknowledgements -- Scientific detection -- A criminologist is born -- The early case-book of Luke May -- Moving to greener fields -- Centralia deaths spark career surge -- Education, innovation and more national renown -- Fame grows, at some cost -- Notoriety follows a lull -- Work and play -- Tool marks are the key -- Chicago calls -- Spreading the word -- Chief of detectives and criminologist -- Riding the crest -- War clouds gather -- Naval intelligence duty -- The game has changed -- Playing out the string -- Retrospective -- Appendix: cases overview -- Endnotes -- Bibliography.
Luke S. May played a significant role in the development of scientific methods of crime investigation. Although basically self-taught in scientific matters, May spent over a half century practicing scientific crime detection and built a solid reputation among police agencies and attorneys in the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada as a serious and effective scientific investigator. This reputation as "America's Sherlock Holmes" also led to his being consulted on the establishment of the first full service public American crime laboratory at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, and on a laboratory for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police at Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Publisher's website.
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