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Dick Donovan: The Glasgow Detective Paperback – Illustrated, 1 Aug 2005


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'We're indebted...for Dick Donovan, and to Bruce Durie for his perceptive, informative and witty introduction.' -- The District Messenger

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Bruce Durie's first book Medicine, was short-listed for the first COPUS prize for science writing. His plays have been performed nationwide and in the US. He now lives in Scotland and writes novels and history books.

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Decidedly minor fiction but interesting 23 Sep 2011
By Eric Stott - Published on Amazon.com
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The Dick Donovan stories are mostly mentioned (if at all) as an inferior series which the Strand Magazine published in between the Sherlock Holmes stories. This isn't quite fair to them. as far as plot goes there are some rather nice set ups and Muddock can manage some memorable descriptions- though his style is serviceable rather than brilliant. There's a sameness to the story structures- in nearly all of them we are told of the crime in detail, then Donovan is called in and through some common sense detecting he finds and confronts the criminal who confesses. There are no subplots and the characters are one dimensional, though that one dimension is often well drawn and colorful. Donovan himself (who narrates the stories) has a little more personality and can be pleasantly testy and cynical.

Muddock himself was something of a rascal and the lengthy introduction gives the details of his life and copious output.
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