Bert Hannam was a dapper, charismatic figure in the Scotland Yard of the post-war years. As a young sergeant he made his
name in London, and soon became a presence in the world of criminal investigation. When the most dramatic and sensational
murders of the mid-fifties came along, he was in the thick of the action, being involved in a variety of controversial trials
and enquiries. Hannam also went out as troubleshooter to the shires as well, being involved in the tragic and unsolved murder
of Emily Pye, one of a host of horrific `corner shop murders' of the time.
Stephen Wade provides a biography and
case book of one of the most compelling lives caught up in the criminal justice system at a time when war and its aftermath
turned society inside-out.