On Finks, Nobles, Snoops, Spies, Guards, and Ops

A new book by Sociology Professor Emeritus John Walton is reviewed in the Los Angeles Review of Books.

In his absorbing new work, The Legendary Detective: The Private Eye in Fact and Fiction (University of Chicago Press, 2015), scholar John Walton charts the historical origins of the crime story and the private eye, and shines a hard light on the true-life detectives who were models for the emerging genre’s seminal and most enduring authors and myths.

Read the full review in the LARB.