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How to Write a Dick: A Guide for Writing Fictional Sleuths from a Couple of Real-Life Sleuths Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 464 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: WIN, Inc. (June 30, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 30, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00595K1UK
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Colleen Collins is an award-winning author of romance, mystery, and nonfiction.

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Colleen's books have placed first in the Colorado Gold, Romancing the Rockies, Aspen Gold Readers' Choice Awards, and Top of the Peak contests. Books have placed in the finals for the following: Holt Medallion, Coeur de Bois Readers Choice, Award of Excellence, More than Magic, and Romance Writers of America RITA contests.

Member: Mystery Writers of America, Private Eye Writers of America, Romance Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.

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I was clueless about PIs but I had a plot that wouldn't leave me alone without a detective character. The title of this one made it a no-brainer to check out, and it looked promising so I bought it. It was really helpful to me. I'm pretty paranoid about writing about professions I don't know anything about, but I feel pretty good about getting the details right this time. Great resource.
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This is an amazing book and I'm very happy that I got it. The authors cover so much ground about a PI's life and work, I'd find it hard to get a more thorough overview. Since this book is geared towards writers, I think the authors provided just the right amount of detail regarding specific PI work.

It's also a very enjoyable read. I highly recommend it.
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This is an excellent resource for writers who want to get up to speed quickly on the art and science of private investigation--or for anyone else who's simply curious about what PIs do and how they do it. Kaufman and Collins, who run Highlands Investigations in Denver, introduce the various areas of work that investigators are hired for, from child custody disputes to financial fraud, explain work methods ranging from internet research to sorting through trash, and banish myths (unlike fictional sleuths, real-life PIs rarely carry guns). As a writer, I especially liked their lists of personality and character traits best suited to each type of PI work.
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I was surprised how much I learned and how much fun this book is. It's a "what's going on in the field" that's like a pre-write fact checker. It also has prompts to help the writer integrate accurate information into his or her own work. It can stand alone as an insider's guide to the world - the real world - of the private detective. But it does more than that. It helps the writer with that all important verisimilitude - and does so in a way that entertains and inspires. (No, we're not related - I have two "N's"!)
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I'm an experienced writer, but I'm new to mystery and suspense. How to Write a Dick is exactly the kind of reference I need -- full of great information presented in an easy to understand format. The book has all the insider details a writer needs to make her story authentic. Collins and Kaufman make the book very entertaining with just the right touch of humor. It's a great book for anyone who wants to know more about what goes on in the life of a private investigator.
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It's all covered in this quick read. Being a PI myself I could identify with the information and learned a lot at the same time. The authors used personal examples of their work which is always helpful.
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Interesting and useful. Keep this little manual handy, it does what it sets out to do with style and enjoyable anecdotes.
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This book was fantastic! It's a (I think) really comprehensive look into the lives of real life Private Investigators, the challenges they face and the real legal issues of what they can and can't do.

I'm not sure how useful it would be to a writer outside of the United States, because it's very American in context. However, it does point you in the direction of questions you would need to ask about the similarities/differences in the various laws of your country of choice.

Ultimately, though, I found it incredibly interesting as a book about PIs, and not so much as a writing resource.
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