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Book Sale: How Do Private Eyes Do That?

Posted by Writing PIs on April 10, 2017

Click on cover to go to Amazon page

How Do Private Eyes Do That? by Colleen Collins, one of the Writing PIs, is on sale for $1.99 (regular price $5.95) through April 14. Click on the cover to go to the Amazon page.

Book Topics

Subjects include:

  • History of the private eye
  • Public vs. private investigators
  • Several dozen articles covering investigative techniques, complex investigations and other case studies, pop culture private eyes, and more
  • Links to PI blogs, online magazines, and websites
  • Glossary of PI terms.

Praise for How Do Private Eyes Do That?

“A must-have for any writer serious about crafting authentic private eyes. Collins knows her stuff.” ~Lori Wilde, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

“If you’re looking for the lowdown on private investigations, this is it.” ~Bill Crider, author of the Truman Smith mystery series
“I am an attorney who uses PIs from time to time. This is a great book that details the mentality of PIs.” ~G. McFadden, attorney
“I picked my copy up as a whim to flesh out the background of my own fictional PI and, after reading the book, trashed just about everything I had written. It is a spectacular bargain. It will help sweep out misconceptions, empty the waste bin of trite, worn out clichés, and give you plenty of room for fresh ideas. Man, it’ll save your life.” ~C.M. Briggs, writer
To download your copy, click here. No Kindle? No problem. Amazon offers free apps for reading Kindle books on your browser, computer (both PCs and Macs), and a variety of other devices.

All rights reserved by Colleen Collins. Any use of the content requires specific, written authority. All images are either copyrighted or licensed by the author, who does not have legal authority to share with others, so please do not copy or distribute any images, thank you.

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