In a boarding house in the West Port area of 1820's Edinburgh, an old army pensioner dies of natural causes. He owes the landlord £4 rent. Instead of burying the body, the landlord and his friend - one William Hare and William Burke, both Irish - fill the coffin with bark and sell the corpse to Dr. Robert Knox, an ambitious Edinburgh anatomist. Burke and Hare make a profit of £3 and 10 shillings. After this encouraging start, Burke and Hare decide to suffocate another sickly tenant, so beginning the criminal career of the most notorious double act in serial killing that would only end on the gallows with the worst kind of betrayal. It's a tale of desperation and greed, of outsiders, ambition, corruption, love and betrayal. And it's all true!
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Owen Dudley Edwards was initially led to his subjects by something he holds in common with them; he too is an Irish Catholic now making a contribution to higher learning in Edinburgh. Hare's executed body was dissected at the Edinburgh Medical College and his skeleton kept in the anatomy museum. A noted scholar, Owen is Reader in History at Edinburgh University, and a regular contributor and reviewer for radio, television and the press. His books include The Quest for Sherlock Holmes: A Biographical Study of Arthur Conan Doyle, Mind of an Activist: James Connolly and P.G. Wodehouse: A Critical and Historical Study.
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Descripción Hardback. Estado de conservación: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Nº de ref. de la librería GOR002069316
Descripción Polygon Books, 1111. Estado de conservación: Very Good. Light wear to boards, content clean and sharp, some spotting to top outer edge pages, solidly bound, very good DJ with some wear, gilt lettering to spine. Nº de ref. de la librería 9999-9996445040
Descripción Polygon Books. Small Octavo; VG/VG-; Off-white spine with black text in red & green ovals; Dust jacket is slightly age toned with sticker on front and lightly rubbed exterior; Boards have sunned edges otherwise strong; Textblock is slightly age toned; pp 300. Rockville. Nº de ref. de la librería 7-73-1278628
Descripción Polygon Books, London, 1980. Hard Cover. Estado de conservación: Fine. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Fine. First Edition. Former owner's name on ffepp. Nº de ref. de la librería 001799
Descripción Polygon, Edinburgh. Hard Cover. Estado de conservación: Good. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Good. First Edition. Book condition: Good with dust/light marks to top closed page edges; bumps to spine ends and corners; signature to front blank endpaper. Dustjacket: Good with creasing to edges + corners; light scuffs/rubs. No date (1985). U.K. First Edition. A bright copy. Nº de ref. de la librería 003090
Descripción Polygon Books 0. Hardcover / Hardback. Estado de conservación: Very Good. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Very Good. First edition. Hardback. 150yrs ago, William Burke was hanged before 25,000 people in Edinburgh for his part in murdering 16 wretched victims. His partner in crime, William Hare, was given legal immunity for testifying againt Burke and so went off scot free. The history of the 2 men who terrorised a city in its golden age is clouded by a haze of myth and legend. The author gives a true and balanced account of 2 of history's most notorious criminals. As poor, disadvantaged Irish emigrants, Burke and Hare chose to resort to murdering in exchange for money. The corpses of their victims were destined for the anatomist's table of Dr. Knox. With Frontis. and Index. 300pp. 8vo. The first few pages are quite badly creased along lower edge but doesn't affect any text. With small Wildy & Sons label to fpd, covers F. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate to fep. Nº de ref. de la librería 9094
Descripción Polygon Books, Edinburgh, 1980. Cloth. Estado de conservación: Good. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Good. First Edition. Previous owner's embossed stamp on ffep. and signature. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Nº de ref. de la librería 039104