A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Monday, May 11, 2015
5/11/1875 A radical arrives: Leroy Scott
May 11, 1875. Leroy Scott was born on this date in Indiana. He was a newspaper reporter, an activist and a social worker. He makes it onto this page because of his fourth novel, Counsel For The Defense (1912). Not only was it a crime novel, but it was decades ahead of its time. The protagonist was a female attorney. One reviewer notes that she "secures the release of two innocent prisoners, overthrows a political ring, exposes a water-works conspiracy, elects a mayor and marries him." Wow.