Buy Used
$9.89
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: - In very good condition, with minimal wear to dust jacket or book - SHIPS QUICKLY DIRECT FROM AMAZON - Buy confidently!
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Private Investigation: How to Be Successful! Hardcover – July 1, 1997


See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$18.45 $1.35


Editorial Reviews

Review

"Private Investigation How To Be Successful!" is a book that is surprising in its content and delivery. I anticipated a dry, detailed analysis of how to hide in the bushes while doing a surveillance without catching poison ivy. Instead, I was rewarded by an always - interesting, easy-to-read detailed analysis about becoming a successful PI. This is definitely a book for "know it alls" because after you've read it you'll really know it all!" Genero Capshaw...The Literary Bridge. -- The Literary Bridge

From the Publisher

2005! There has never been a better time in history to become a Private Investigator than right now. The opportunities for profesional PI's today are virtually limitless...providing you have the roadmap to succes in this lucrative field. Here is that roadmap to success, now at your fingertips. Start the right way, and stay the course in order to maximize your level of success. This is the most intriguing business on the planet today. Just be sure that you know precisely how to get into the game, maximize your return, and enjoy an exceptional first...or second...career. Today, get your copy of PI How To Be Successful!
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Absolutely Zero Loss, Inc.; 1 edition (July 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965765997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965765992
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,888,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Having been in the field of public service and law enforcement for 16 years, I thought that I had the knowledge and hands-on experience to easily migrate into the field of Private Investigation as I anticipate retiring the law enforcement badge in four years. NOT.
The 16 years of experience and training in interview techniques, courtroom testimony, and forensics, is only the cornerstone for the unique insight and guidance provided by Mr. Bill Copelend in his book, PRIVATE INVESTIGATION - HOW TO BE $UCCESSFUL.
Copeland teaches the reader all of the areas important to serving, first - the client, then the P.I. Areas often taken for granted by the cop on the beat or even the P.I. employed by an agency. Bill tells the reader how to be $uccessful - as he has for himself, in the rewarding field of private investigations. Training, licensure, fees, growth of the business, associates, and business office are areas that usually don't enter the "employee's" daily thoughts. Copeland brings these to light in an informative and enlightening style.
This entertaining, personal account by Bill Copeland is an easy to read, step by step guide for the serious P.I. His personal triumphs and losses, and unique sence of humor (HEY!) are shared with the reader as if you were visting in his living room.
Bill Copeland's book, ABSOLUTELY ZERO LOSS (for the retailer) is a compliment to PRIVATE INVESTIGATION and should also be read.
PRIVATE INVESTIGATION - HOW TO BE $UCCESSFUL is a must for P.I. Agency or training facility book shelf.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 23, 2003
Format: Hardcover
After completing 25 years in law enforcement, the natural choice for my second career was private investigation. I looked at every single book on the market, most of which were either for beginners or those who seem to want to keep track of their next door neighbors. I bought Private Investigation How To Be Successful! and it made a world of difference for me.
I knew little about the profession of private investigation. This guide started me out with plenty of business savvy and helped me get through the process of getting started in my own business. I would have thought that starting out for someone with my background would be easy...not so! I needed this book.
I have seen many of my peers start and not do well in private investigation. The book pushed me in the right direction. Like the title says...how to be successful.
From licensing (a serious adventure...don't underestimate it) through all the rest of setting up my business, this book was there for me. Fortunately I read it just before I left the department, then I didn't have to re-do what I'm sure I would have done wrong.
The book is very easy to read. It's very positive (you can tell that Mr. Copeland enjoys his work and respects the field). And, it tells it like it really is. I found this out from experience.
I needed every chapter. I'm especially glad I didn't set up a home office. The book gave me all the details I needed (and wouldn't have thought about) to open my business and get clients.
I wish this book had been in the department's library for me to read. I bought another copy for that purpose! Yes, it is that good and that professional.
I highly recommend Private Investigation How To Be Successful! to anyone coming out of law enforcement...
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 13, 2003
Format: Hardcover
In anticipation of securing my own PI license, I invested in a general business book, an accounting book, and Private Investigation How To Be Successful! Without these books I'd be lost, so I'm recommending anyone going into their own business to get these books, in reverse order. Definately start with this PI book, then read both the others. Setting up my business was a lot harder than I ever could have imagined. The books helped simplify the process and keep me out of harm's way.
This is a terrific book for the professional. It covered every aspect of setting up my PI business, and then some. It's well worth the investment as every chapter is worth its weight in gold if you're serious about your future.
I highly recommend this book to every aspiring PI, even if you "think" you have a handle on everything. Great advice. Interesting reading. You can tell immediately that the information comes from deep experience. I appreciate that.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 24, 2003
Format: Hardcover
What I didn't know about private investigation could fill a book. And here it is!
"So this is what it's all about" was my thought when I finished. The street never prepared me for this, and neither did six years as a detective.
This book pushed me to take the exam seriously. I passed. This book helped me prepare to open my business...totally. It worked. This book told me how to get clients and set my fees. Today I'm in business.
Literally hundreds of suggestions to get up and running, then hundreds more to make money. Things I would have never thought about.
Read this fine book through once, then take it chapter by chapter. It's all in order and it all makes sense, especially when I finished the process.
This book changed my business plans. I was wrong. The book was right.
It's an upbeat book. I found it thoroughly readable. I found I really needed it. Definately the best by far.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Frequently Bought Together

Private Investigation: How to Be Successful! + Investigations 150 Things You Should Know
Buy the selected items together