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Best Private Investigator Books To Read

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Private Investigator books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. Open Source Intelligence Techniques: Resources for Searching and Analyzing Online Information (2018)

 Best Private Investigator Books To ReadCompletely Rewritten Sixth Edition Sheds New Light on Open Source Intelligence Collection and Analysis Author Michael Bazzell has been well known in government circles for his ability to locate personal information about any target through Open Source Intelligence (OSINT). In this book, he shares his methods in great detail. Each step of his process is explained throughout twenty-five chapters of specialized websites, software solutions, and creative search techniques. Over 250 resources are identified with narrative tutorials and screen captures. This book will…
Author(s): Michael Bazzell

2. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Private Investigating, Third Edition: Discover How the Pros Uncover the Facts and Get to the Truth (2013)

 Best Private Investigator Books To ReadThe mystique of private investigating draws significant numbers of people to consider it as a career or side business. At the same time, individuals want to learn investigative techniques to solve their own personal and legal problems. In The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Private Investigating, Third Edition, private investigator and former FBI agent Steven Kerry Brown shares his hard-won expertise on everything you need to know to track down people and information, including: Along the way, Brown shares fascinating stories from his cases that highlight his clever methods for tracking down…
Author(s): Steven Kerry Brown

3. Introduction to Conducting Private Investigations: Private Investigator Entry Level (02E) (2018 Edition) (2017)

 Best Private Investigator Books To Readprovides the essential tools you need to become a successful private investigator. From conducting straightforward background investigations to more complicated cases involving accidents and fraud, you will learn the critical skills needed to conduct all types of investigations and build a thriving business. Specifically tailored to meet the requirements established by the Department of Criminal Justice Services, this easy-to-use resource offers an excellent balance between theory and practice, and is the definitive guide for private investigation instruction….
Author(s): Becnel IV, Philip A.

4. I, Spy: How to Be Your Own Private Investigator (2017)

 Best Private Investigator Books To ReadHave you ever wanted to be your own private eye? Have you ever wanted to track down long-lost relatives or people who’ve scammed you? Have you ever wanted to know if your kids really are where they say they are? Or if your significant other is cheating on you? Or how to locate assets in order to collect on a judgment?World-renowned private investigator Dan Ribacoff will show you how. With decades of experience in public safety, private investigation, and credibility assessment, Dan will teach you: The do’s and don’ts of surveillanceHow to conduct a stakeout–from what to wear to what to bringHow to track down anyone…
Author(s): Daniel Ribacoff, Dina Santorelli

5. Private Investigator Handbook: Private Investigator Study Guide & Practice Test Questions for Private Investigator Exams (2018)

 Best Private Investigator Books To ReadDeveloped for test takers trying to achieve a passing score on a Private Investigator exam, this comprehensive study guide includes:•Quick Overview•Test-Taking Strategies•Introduction to Private Investigator Exams•Case & Testimony Presentation•Case Management & Strategy•Conducting Interviews & Research•Evidence Collection•Practice Questions•Answer ExplanationsEach section of the test has a comprehensive review that goes into detail to cover all of the content likely to appear on a Private Investigator Exam that you would take to get a private…
Author(s): Private Investigator Exam Team

6. How to become a private investigator: Break into the industry with little or no experience (2017)

 Best Private Investigator Books To Read• So you want to be a private investigator? • Little or no law enforcement or related experience? • Sick of sending resumes and calling companies only to hear ‘no’? • Want to start your own business? • Want to know what it’s really like being a P.I.? A few years ago I was in exactly the same position. Find out how I went from a standard corporate marketing job, to fulfilling my dream of becoming a private investigator – with almost no experience. From spreadsheets and office politics to stakeouts and car tailing. If you’re in this position then this is the place to start. This…
Author(s): Kurt Breetvelt

 Best Private Investigator Books To ReadThis is the third edition of the “The California Private Investigator’s Legal Manual”, previously titled “The Private Investigator’s Legal Manual (California Edition)” The manual remains the only source for legal information of importance to California private investigators and the attorneys who hire and represent them. The 350+ page manual covers more than 150 topics, analyzes more than 180 court cases and 150 federal and state statutes and includes the text of some of the most significant statutes. The manual is fully indexed with more than 1,000 entries to allow for quick…
Author(s): David D. Queen

8. The Everything Private Investigation Book (2008)

 Best Private Investigator Books To ReadObserve someone without being observed. Dig up long-buried dirt. Catch a cheating spouse.The Everything Private Investigation Book shows you the basic research techniques and tricks the pros use. You’ll learn how to get background information using a wide range of sources, including newspapers, court records, military files, and even the DMV. Written by experienced investigators, this guide helps you to: Protect privacy and avoid identity theftWhether you’re a journalist, an amateur genealogist, a business owner, a landlord, or just curious, you’ll find essential…
Author(s): Sheila L. Stephens

9. Down Cemetery Road (The Oxford Series) (2009)

 Best Private Investigator Books To ReadWhen a house explodes in a quiet Oxford suburb and a girl disappears in the aftermath, Sarah Tucker—a young married woman, bored and unhappy with domestic life—becomes obsessed with finding her. Accustomed to dull chores in a childless household and hosting her husband’s wearisome business clients for dinner, Sarah suddenly finds herself questioning everything she thought she knew as her investigation reveals that people long believed dead are still among the living, while the living are fast joining the dead. What begins in a peaceful neighborhood reaches its climax on a remote, unwelcoming Scottish island as the search…
Author(s): Mick Herron

 Best Private Investigator Books To ReadSmall companion guide to "Navigating the Legal Minefields of Private Investigations."; Packed with crucial information for PI’s in the field. Fingertip access to legalities surrounding: – Use of a false identity – Eavesdropping – Surveillance photography – Utilizing tracking devices – Release of non-public information – Arrest authority & Miranda requirements – Limitation of using ruses…
Author(s): Ron Hankin

Best Private Investigator Books to Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some private investigator books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Two Truths and a Lie: A Murder, a Private Investigator, and Her Search for Justice

Author(s): Ellen McGarrahan
ID: 2904046, Publisher: Random House Publishing Group, Year: 2021, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub

Becoming a Private Investigator

Author(s): Howie Kahn
ID: 2370098, Publisher: Simon Schuster, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub

Seeing Life through Private Eyes: Secrets from America’s Top Investigator to Living Safer, Smarter, and Saner

Author(s): Thomas G. Martin
ID: 2064535, Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Year: 2017, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are truly chart-busters according to Chicago Tribune, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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