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How to Write a Dick: A Guide for Writing Fictional Sleuths from a Couple of Real-Life Sleuths by [Collins, Colleen, Kaufman, Shaun]
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  • File Size: 683 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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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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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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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 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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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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Am enjoying reading this well laid out guide. Very helpful for those like me, who are writers, but of other genres. Wanted to try my hand at mystery and, although I have read many, somehow I kept getting stuck. I will update this review as I progress further.
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I wanted to write a book about a private detective, but I'm a computer geek. I found this book and loved it. The style is breezy yet informative. There a loads of real world examples and stories. A definite must have if you want to write PI books.
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As a writer myself, I believe hooking the reader is all in the details. This book breaks it down into important segments, allowing you to create a memorable and believable character. Loved it. Using already.
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