NOW AND THEN real life can be disappointing, especially in the area of detective work. While it's noteworthy when fictional detectives fail, actual detectives must accept that once in a while malefactors are going to escape justice. Émile Gaboriau's most famous creation would have to ruefully acknowledge as much if he were to read . . .
"Monsieur Lecoq in the Fact."
By Robert H. Sherard (1861-1943; HERE).
First appearance: T. P.'s Weekly, July 10, 1903.
Article (1 page).
Online at Hathi Trust (HERE).
"Ratiocination and induction had nothing to do with this capture, which was as simple as a game of hare and hounds."
The French do crime fighting differently, as this turn-of-the-20th century piece shows; it also indicates that sometimes it's the size of the paycheck which determines how effectively crime is fought.
Typo: "on foot a best".
References and resources:
- Edward D. Hoch's review of Monsieur Lecoq (1868) is available on Steve Lewis's Mystery*File (HERE).
- Mike Grost devotes a subsection of his megasite to Gaboriau (HERE).
- Wikipedia has articles about the Sûreté (HERE), Monsieur Goron (HERE), and the criminals Pranzini (HERE; also HERE at Captured and Exposed), Prado (HERE), and Avinain (HERE).