Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Pinkerton

From: William Hagen (
Date: 20 Dec 2001

Richard Moore expands on Pinkerton, probably (?) the original for Owen Parry's special agent, in his historical suspense series partly set in 19th century Washington.

"Consistantly,>Pinkerton grossly overestimated the strength of the enemy to McClellan and>bears some responsibility for missed opportunities... When McClellan was relieved from duty by Lincoln in November>1862, Pinkerton also left."

Parry's character--straight arrow, sober--is not so connected to McClellan and does NOT send exaggerated reports in! If anything, he is too cautious.

While admitting that authentic detail is a strong attraction in the series, I feel a duty to defend this character from being tarred by merely historical facts! :)

Bill Hagen

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