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One of the chapters in our upcoming nonfiction book A Lawyer’s Primer for Writers: From Crimes to Courtrooms is about private investigators, many of whom work with lawyers, some exclusively. Below are three writers’ questions & our answers about PIs, lawyers and the police.

Are PIs and Cops Compatible?

We see PI-cop conflicts all the time in [...]

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Articles on Private Investigations

March marks the release of Colleen’s new novel, The Next Right Thing, a private-eye romance that features Las Vegas PI Cammie Copello.  In conjunction with the book release, Colleen has written several articles on private investigations, geared for writers and others interested in the real world of private detectives. [...]

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Hooray for Hollywood

Gotta love Hollywood and its take on reality.  Sometimes my PI-husband and I watch a movie starring a fictional private eye and we laugh at the implausibility of a situation.  To be fair, some movies get PIs right, but sometimes they set up a scenario that’s more dramatic than realistic and we [...]

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Just got word that The Zen Man made the cut in the semifinals in The Kindle Book Review’s mystery/thriller category for the “Best Indie Books of 2012.”  Cool news to get on a hot July day!

To review the list of other mystery/thriller semifinalists, click here.

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We were on surveillance yesterday, parked in front of a house for sale located across the street from the real house we were surveilling. Residential neighborhoods are tough places to conduct surveillances because most people know their neighbors and the vehicles they drive, so a PI in a strange vehicle can really stick out. If [...]

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We don’t handle that many infidelity cases anymore. Our choice. Why? Because besides being depressing, they’re often physically grueling. Trust me, sitting for hours in a car watching an apartment/house/exercise club/etc. can be exhausting. Sounds easy, but it’s not. You can’t let your attention slip, your back is aching from sitting there for so long, [...]

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If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know I’m a writer as well as a private investigator. Recently my mystery novel The Zen Man has been reviewed on various book blog and review sites.  During this book blog tour, I’ve met some fantastic people who write well-crafted, critical book reviews, such as [...]

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While driving home last night, I heard one of my favorite bands from a long-ago era: The Flying Burrito Brothers (for those unfamiliar with this band, they were a bunch of cosmic country dudes headed by Gram Parsons, the musician who also first discovered Emmylou Harris).

Flying burritos, the food not the [...]

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Tracking a Killer Through Interviews

On February 18, 2012 By

In my current mystery novel, THE ZEN MAN, private investigator Rick Levine is charged with first-degree murder. Out on bail, he has 30 days to find the real killer or face certain life imprisonment. On a short “time leash,” what is the most critical action Rick can take to find the real killer? [...]

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The Zen Man is available at Amazon, Nook and Smashwords

Gerald So — poet, editor, teacher and private-eye aficionado — interviews Colleen at his blog Chatterrific, where she answers questions about similarities between her private-investigator world and those depicted in private-eye fiction, [...]

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