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Christian Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 288 pages
February 7th 2017 by Love Inspired Historical
Lawman in Disguise
Getting taken hostage by a gang of train robbers wasn’t in dime novelist Essie Vanderfair’s plans, but interviewing these men could make her career soar. Especially since the gang includes legendary outlaw Tex Beckett, better known as the Texas Titan. Tex is famed for his protection of women and children, so she’ll be fine…right?
Keeping the gang in line was hard enough before a stubborn, beautiful writer interfered. Now Tex is scrambling to keep Essie safe, to gather evidence against the gang and most of all to hide his dangerous secrets. First, that he’s a detective working undercover. And second, that he’s not the Texas Titan at all, but Tex’s twin brother, Tate Beckett.
Undisguised: the Pinkerton National Detective Agency
Founded in 1850 by Allan Pinkerton, the Pinkerton National Detective Agency is still in existence more than a hundred and fifty years later. Pinkerton began his career in detective work somewhat by accident when he stumbled onto a group of counterfeiters on an island on the Fox River, near Chicago, while searching for lumber for his barrel making business. Three years later, he opened the agency’s first office in Chicago.
The term private eye, which is now synonymous with detectives, actually originated from the Pinkerton’s logo of an unblinking eye. The idea was that its operatives would not sleep until they “got their man”.
Like Tate in THE OUTLAW’S SECRET, Pinkerton detective agents have long been required to go undercover in order to apprehend bank and train robbers, weed out corrupt train employees or infiltrate unions for mine owners. One of the Pinkerton’s greatest detectives James McParland lived undercover for two and a half years among a number of Pennsylvania’s mining communities in the 1870s. Undercover work was always dangerous. Those whom the agent had come to know or befriend might learn of the operative’s real identity at any moment, which meant risking their life on a daily basis.
The Pinkerton Agency was among those determined to bring down Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch. And while they got close to those who were close to the robbers, supposedly none of them were able to fully integrate into the gang itself.
While operatives were required to abide by a code of ethics—including things like not accepting reward money and working with local law enforcement—Allen Pinkerton was a staunch believer in the end justifying the means. That meant that sometimes in order for an operative to track down a criminal, the detective might have to “become” a criminal in a sense—just as Tate does by posing as his outlaw twin brother in order do to bring down the Fletcher gang.
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