Books: Drudgery of Detection

CORNISH OF SCOTLAND YARD—G. W. Cornish—Macmillan ($2).

Detective story addicts to whom the solving of crimes is a task essentially romantic last week found little romance in the memoirs of onetime Superintendent of Scotland Yard George W. Cornish. To professional sleuths crime detection is work like any other, hard, slow, tedious. Cornish of Scotland Yard is enlightening for its revelation of day-to-day police routine, its honest avoidance of spurious melodrama.

Forty years ago Detective Cornish, a stolid, hard-working country boy, entered Scotland Yard, trained for three weeks before being sent out to the...

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