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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Private Investigating, 2nd Edition 2nd Edition

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About the Author

Steven Kerry Brown, founder and president of Millennial Investigative Agency, began his investigative career as a special agent for the FBI. For the past 18 years, he has successfully managed his own private investigation firm. He’s appeared on such television programs as Hard Copy and 60 Minutes, and speaks frequently before civic and professional groups.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Complete Idiot's Guide
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha; 2 edition (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592576524
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592576524
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Welcome. I am the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Private Investigating 3rd Edition. Also 5 Things Women Need to Know About the Men They Date ( and a PI Mormon Murder mystery, Redeeming The Dead.

I am, by profession, a private investigator. In my first life I was a special agent and supervisory special agent for the FBI. I took those skills and began Millennial Investigative Agency ( and Hindsight Services Inc., ( a background screening company. Hindsight services clients from one coast to the other.

I have another novel I'm pitching to a publisher next month. I'm also hard at work on the next Winchester Young PI novel, Resurrecting Hemingway. Both of the novels involve boats. I love sailing, diving, snorkeling, spear fishing, and the Bahamas.

Redeeming the Dead is available in print and on Kindle. It's a Mormon murder mystery with great insights into the Mormon religion and the private investigative business.

Feel free to shoot me a message if you have any questions that I can help you with.

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78 of 81 people found the following review helpful By J. Adair on September 28, 2002
Format: Paperback
Private Investigating by Steven Kerry Brown is a great resource for anyone wanting to be a Private Investigator, hire a private investigator or do their own investigating. The book is peppered with vignettes from Brown's expansive investigative career. What a life! By sharing his personal experiences as an FBI agent and private investigator, he has let the reader into a world few can imagine or experience. He is certainly the one to write this book. From practical information on understanding caller ID and what to do if your home is burglarized to more complicated techniques of interrogation and surveillance, this book has it all. I found the chapters on locating missing persons especially useful. Don't waste time or spend a cent trying to find someone until you exhaust the free search tools outlined in this book. Just the resources he lists are more than worth the price of the book. It's a great read and an essential reference tool.
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123 of 133 people found the following review helpful By Michael Beltz, FCI on December 23, 2003
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As a licensed private investigator and college instructor of private investigation courses, I must commend Mr. Steven Kerry Brown for writing a book that is, in my humble opinion, the best book currently in print covering the basic techniques/procedures of the private investigation profession. This book is of great value to both the experienced and novice investigator alike.

While there are many great titles available for specific areas of the private investigation profession, there are few good titles that cover the general aspects of private investigation; of those, this one is the best I've had the pleasure of reading. This book also contains detailed explanations of how to effectively employ the aforementioned techniques/procedures, including: tools of the trade, skip-tracing, employing public records, performing background investigations, interviews/interrogations, surveillance, and more. For the price, you should not think twice about adding this title to your investigative library.

I would also like to personally thank Mr. Brown for taking the time to send me multiple signed copies of this book.

As always, check with your local library or bookstore to see if you can read/review this or any title before deciding to make a purchase. This method has effectively allowed me to make the most of my investigative library budget.

I hope you found this review helpful. [...]
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73 of 80 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
In 1992 my ex-husband took our daughter
and fled to Georgia. Of course leaving me in Washington state. I got the
child back but since then child support was hit and miss. In August of last
year the child support stopped all together. I would call my caseworker at
support enforcement every few months and finally realized that if you want
something done, do it yourself. Not knowing where to start I called a
private agency specializing in collecting child support payments. They
wanted 34% of what is owed to your child. I felt that was robbery, so I
bought The Complete Idiot's Guide to Private Investigating. I was on page
98 of the book when I started my hunt. It took me four hours and the only
thing I paid for was 2 phone calls at seven cents a minute. Not too bad for
my first try. I now have a lien against his property, drivers license,
hunting and fishing license, and his income tax return.
The amount owed to me was $7,566.62 as the author said in this book "not too
shabby for 4 hours worth of work"
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Robert Bailey on September 9, 2002
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Old detectives, like old magicians, rarely reveal their best tricks and techniques. I spent twenty-five years as a corporate security director and licensed private investigator and, dispite the fact that I am now retired, I would never have opened the door as wide as Steven Kerry Brown has for the readers of THE COMPLETE'S IDIOT'S GUIDE TO PRIVATE INVESTIGATING.
The information detailed in this book, with regards to sources and methods, would require semesters in college classes or years of experience to aquire. College classes are expensive and mistakes made on the street can cause bad things to happen.
This book is not only a good primer for people entering the private investigative field, it is a good desk reference for lawyers, insurance adjusters, and corporate security directors who frequently employ the services of a private investigator. Mystery readers will find this book illuminating. Mystery writers need to buy a copy now! Licensed private investigators should keep a copy of this book with dictionary and thesaurus.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 29, 2002
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The following book review was released by the L.A. Times-Washington Post Service on November 24, 2002:
Title: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Private Investigating
Author: Steven Kerry Brown
Data: Alpha, 384 pps. [$$$] soft-cover
Review by Michael Pakenham
Brown, an experienced professional PI with offices in Ponte Vedra Beach and St. Augustine, urges that this book really could guide the reader into a career. But its greatest charm - and I suspect its main utility - is as a truly entertaining, briskly presented, rundown on how the business is conducted. Or at least how it is done by Brown. One of the 24 topical chapters: "Moving Surveillance: How best to perform one-man and two-man moving surveillances, anticipating your subject's next move, communication between units, and dealing with stoplights."
The others involve public-records checking, access to ostensibly confidential information, electronic devices and their use, tracing missing or elusive persons. Any armchair gumshoe will find the details entertaining - sometimes debatable, often provocative.
L.A. Times-Washington Post Service
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