‘Paddington’ Pollaky

1828 – 1918

Ignatius Pollaky was a true man of mysteries, in every sense. A genuine London “consulting detective,” Pollaky of Paddington Green spent decades unraveling devious swindles and tracking international fugitives across the map of Europe. Through such work, his name eventually became nearly a household word, regularly referenced not only in news items, but even in story and song.

In spite all of which “Paddington” Pollaky was, nonetheless, one of the most private of private detectives ever. He retired at the peak of his reputation and celebrity in 1880, just a few years before a fictional successor set up shop in London and eclipsed his fame ever after. Now, more than a century later, has the real Pollaky eluded us for good?

Read more about the mysterious Mr. Pollaky in Brilliant Deduction, or search the blog.

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