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Part 1: Private Investigation, Business or Fun?
1 The Making of a PI
Tracking Down America’s First PI
Breaking into the Business
Retrieving Public Records
Doing In-House Investigations
Serving Subpoenas for a Living
Skip Tracing, Finding Deadbeat Parents, and Locating Missing Individuals
Hiring the Hired Gun
Thinking Sideways: The Key to Success
Looking Beyond the Flash: The Other Side of PI Work
2 The Path to the Professional PI
Getting the Experience You Need: Coffee and Donuts Optional
Obtaining Your Licenses
Getting Reciprocity: Working Across State Lines
Protecting Yourself with Insurance or Bonds
Pulling Back the Curtains on Privacy Laws
Finding Your Clients
The Internet and Your Business
3 Tools of the PI Trade