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reviews of their material. Instead, we choose to list resources
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as an indication that we did not find it worthwhile.
and Civil Investigator's Handbook
by Joseph J. Grau
hard bound comprehensive investigative manual is approximately two
inches thick - the pages are sectionally numbered so it is difficult
to cite total pages. Unfortunately, it may be out of print.
and Seizure, Second Edition
by LaFave & Scott
hard bound, four volume set will provide anyone with more information
than they ever wanted to know regarding search and seizure.
Guide to Background Investigation
by TISI Publications
soft cover 1924 page tome is an exhaustive "comprehensive source
directory for employee screening and background investigations."
Investigators often sell previous editions as they are replaced;
outdated copies are still very useful as the information does not
change much from year to year. New or used, it is a must have investigative
resource. The publisher can be reached at (800) 247-8713.
by Joseph Culligan, et al.
soft cover manual is approximately an inch thick - the pages are
sectionally numbered so it is difficult to cite total pages. Geared
toward those who search for "skips" or assets, it is an excellent
book for the beginning investigator and worthwhile reading for anyone
in the investigative career field.
by Ed Pankau
95 page, soft cover, manual is similar to Manhunt: the Book. It
is a well written, worthwhile addition to the neophyte's library
but somewhat less exhaustive and informative than Manhunt.
to Make $100,000 a Year as a PI by Ed Pankau
soft cover, 117 page, manual could be useful to the investigator
searching for business promotion strategies. The author, Ed Pankau
is a remarkably capable speaker and promoter and he has demonstrated
the ability to establish himself as a competent investigator and
promote his services.
the Money and Strut by Fay Faron
found this 95 page, soft cover manual to be as informative as it
was amusing. It is not so much an educational masterpiece as it
is a series of amusing anecdotes that provide insight into various
debt collection techniques.
Investigator and Surreptitious Entry by E. Lee Griggs
and Rob Painter (803) 432-9008
soft bound 75 page book is not a broad based investigative text
- this is about locks, crime scene management related to locks and
general instruction regarding investigative approach to cases with
lock/forced entry related issues. It is exceptionally informative.
The author offers a refund to anyone who is dissatisfied.