Tuesday, May 29, 2007

What we're reading - The Master Detective by John Reisinger.


OK, so I am an admitted lover of mysteries and thrillers which from time-to-time translates into related nonfiction reading. If you love fictional detectives, then you will have to read this briskly paced biography about a real detective! Master Detective: The life and crimes of Ellis Parker, America's real-life Sherlock Holmes by John Reisinger covers the rise and eventual fall of the early 20th century small town sleuth who's exceptionally successful career at solving major crimes was derailed when he failed at solving the most notorious crime of his day, the Lindbergh baby kidnapping. Rich, colorful material, strange and odd cases and crimes, all centered around a man far ahead of his contemporaries in applying deductive reasoning and psychological principles and a man ultimately undone by his past successes. If there was any justice, Hollywood would be making a film about Ellis Parker. But until the film, do yourself a favor and read The Master Detective.

2 comments:

John Reisinger said...

Thanks for that great review of my book, Master Detective. I especially liked your observation about its movie potential; the same thought had occurred to me!
Ellis Parker is best remembered for his role in the Lindbergh kidnapping investigation, but I believe his life and all the crimes he solved would have been worthy of a biography even if he had never gotten into that case at all. Parker’s cases are straight out of mystery stories: a locked room murder; a murder with 175 suspects; a murder that looked like suicide; a suicide that looked like murder; an innocent suspect freed by Parker’s deductions; a murder suspect Parker saved from a lynching; and even the attempted murder of the founder of Rider University. All these crimes were solved without DNA evidence, and in most cases without fingerprint evidence. My website, www.johnreisinger.com has more information.
I live on the East Coast, but will be in California in a few months doing research on my next book. If the Burbank Library would be interested in having me do a PowerPoint presentation about the book and my misadventures doing the research (involving everything from a safecracking county executive to a singing fish), please let me know. Readers might be interested in what really goes into researching historical mysteries.
Thanks again!
John Reisinger

Lee said...

This sounds really good! I'll have to see if the mystery group would want to read it!