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The Crime Pond - William Muncie

Chambers, 1979, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the edges. Leans. Slight spots of discolouration to both boards. Pages lightly age-tanned and slightly musty.

Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “Crime and its detection make popular reading and viewing — almost all of it fictional. Does the fiction resemble fact? Few of us know, for so few police memoirs have ever been written. Now here is an absorbing account in which we join a nervous young recruit who — nearly forty years later — is to become Assistant Chief Constable of the largest force in Britain outside London. Detective Chief Superintendent Muncie — as he was then — is best known for his twelve years’ hunting of Peter Manuel, mass murderer extraordinary, ‘the most evil person I have ever met’. In all he was involved in fifty-four murder enquiries, every one solved — a remarkable record. A former colleague described him as ‘the finest detective of our time’. But (modestly) ‘The Boss’ says his record is a remarkable tribute to his colleagues, ‘whose loyalty, patience, determination (and at times humour) lightened the grim task’. The interest of his book, however, lies not only in the drama of the murder cases but also in minor (and sometimes hilarious) crimes such as duck-rustling — and in the patience and ingenuity with which they were solved. A police area is often called a’ patch’. The author, a keen observer of nature — animal as well as human — sees his area as a ‘pond’ and compares the primal violence of nature with that of modern criminal society.”

Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine & Upper Board. Winner of the 1979 Chambers Non Fiction prize. 193 pages.

This one has already found a new owner.