The Memoirs of Detective Vidocq: Convict, Spy and Principal Agent of the French Police by Eugène François Vidocq

The Memoirs of Detective Vidocq: Convict, Spy and Principal Agent of the French Police

byEugène François Vidocq

Kobo ebook | November 3, 2014

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Eugène François Vidocq (1775-1857) was a French criminal who became the founder and first director of the crime-detection Sûreté Nationale as well as the head of the first known private detective agency. Vidocq is widely regarded as the father of modern criminology and of the French police department.  He is also considered to be the first private detective. Vidocq's successes as an investigator inspired many Victorian authors who borrowed his brilliance to embody their fictional heroes. Sherlock Holmes' character is very much based on Vidocq; so are both Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert in Les Miserables. Dickens mentions Vidocq in Great Expectations; Melville cites him in Moby Dick; and Poe refers to Vidocq's methods in Murders in the Rue Morgue.  

As a player in the criminal underworld, Vidocq was a master of disguises and an accomplished thief, eventually turning his unlawful talents toward catching criminals as the first chief of secret police. Playing both sides of the law, Vidocq’s life highlights the blurry line between law enforcement and the criminals they pursue. He has a knack for finding trouble throughout his topsy-turvy life, getting into one hot situation after another, often finding himself behind bars, only to escape the first chance he gets.

In December 1828, Vidocq published his Memoirs, with the help of some ghostwriters. The work became a bestseller and sold over 50,000 copies in the first year. His book takes the reader on a whirlwind tour of 1830s France, including the circus stage, pirate ships, prison cells and beautiful women’s boudoirs. Vidocq’s life story is unforgettable and includes some of the best crime stories and juicy tales ever written.

Out of print for many years, this newly revised edition of the Memoirs from Enhanced Classics features a dynamic translation that brings this captivating autobiography to life for modern readers.

"He preferred the tumultuous life of danger to the contentment of security. His story is one long swashbuckling adventure as he breaks out of jails, pursues actresses, duels to the death, raids the hells of criminals and stalks the Paris night in a thousand disguises."

—Philip John Stead, Vidocq: Picaroon of Crime

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Title:The Memoirs of Detective Vidocq: Convict, Spy and Principal Agent of the French PoliceFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 3, 2014Publisher:Enhanced E-BooksLanguage:English

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Date published: 2015-03-04
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Date published: 2015-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great, well written story A very interesting story about the life of Eugène François Vidocq. The trouble he got himself in and out of would be enough for the average person to retreat. But not Vidocq, he was a unique individual. I didn’t know who he was when I started reading the book and learned a bit about the history of him. I wasn’t disappointed, what a colorful character he was. It was fascinating to read about his life as a criminal, I thoroughly enjoyed this entertaining book. This is not your ordinary story, but well worth reading for anyone who enjoy books about crime.
Date published: 2015-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent 5***** The Memoirs of Detective Vidocq (Illustrated):... Eugène François Vidocq Vidocq is a story-teller of the highest caliber and one that many should experience. These memoirs define the brilliance of this detective genius and is a 'must read' for fans of the genre. Excellent 5*****
Date published: 2015-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the Historical Content Wonderfully written about the world of this distinguished detective set in 1830's France. It takes a great writer to create a character who has a lot of criminal tendencies but you love that character all the more. Great story, great characters...I highly recommend.
Date published: 2015-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful historical memoir I always enjoy memoirs of historical figures, but I was amazed by the fun I had with The Memoirs of Detective Vidocq. Back in print after many years, you'll be amazed at how many writers based fictional characters on Vidocq. Read this book and be the better for it.
Date published: 2015-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant I was intrigued by the first chapter of this suspenseful detective thriller. It had me on the edge of my seat several times. Brilliantly written plot, with characters you won't soon forget. I highly recommend to mystery readers everywhere. I give high marks to author Eugène François Vidocq.
Date published: 2015-02-27