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A Certain Share of Low Cunning: A History of the Bow Street Runners, 1792-1839 Hardcover – 1 Feb 2010


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'Cox's approach is so methodical and finely referenced that the reader is persuaded by his argument that the Runners have not, until now, had their due. [...] This book is long overdue, especially as the Runners have appeared in a number of recent works of fiction as Georgian quasi-James Bond characters. This revisionist account ensures that they will be better understood and may cease to be defined as hopeless failures in the crime-infested world we know through the art of contemporary caricaturists Thomas Rowlandson and James Gillray. They were, as Cox admirably shows, heroes of their time.'Stephen Wade, University of Hull and the University of Oxford,

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David J. Cox is a Research Associate at the Institute of Law, Politics and Justice, Keele University.


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