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by Colleen Collins
Secrets of a Real-Life Female Private Eye is a part-memoir, part-reference nonfiction book based on the experiences of a professional private investigator and writer. Audiences: researchers, writers, detective-fiction fans, armchair detectives and anyone curious about the real world of private investigators!
A Sampling of Book Topics
- Background of the first acknowledged private investigator in early nineteenth-century France, Eugene Francois Vidocq
- History of the Pinkerton National Detective Agency and its hiring of the first U.S. female private eye, Kate Warne
- Advantages and dangers of being a current-day female P.I.
- Tools of the trade, including interactive crime maps, Google maps, investigative equipment and smartphone apps
- Case examples, from ghost hunting to criminal investigations
- Investigative tips, including how to find lost pets, handy Google searches, where to locate court files, free online searches, ways to defeat a cyberstalker, how to send an untraceable email
- A study of three classic TV female private eyes
- Links to articles about private investigations
- Links to P.I. blogs, periodicals, websites as well as popular detective fiction sites
- Excerpts from How Do Private Eyes Do That? and How to Write A Dick: A Guide for Writing Fictional Sleuths from a Couple of Real-Life Sleuths
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