Memoirs written by police officers and prosecutors have a long history in Europe and the United States. In the United States, the rise of the modern city created an environment in which the memoirs of tough, crusading criminal justice professionals echoed the narratives in the mass media about crime and crime fighters. Such early literary offerings include books written by George S. McWatters, the New York City policeman who was the author of a number of books about detective work. McWatters's books include Knots Untied: ...

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