Re: RARA-AVIS: Speaking of photostats (the modern PI)...

From: Joy Matkowski (
Date: 11 Aug 2006

 As far as I can tell, mostly insurance work of various kinds, pre-employment checks, sweeps against bugs, although occasionally the newspaper mentions a PI on a criminal case. Look for yourself what they offer in a small U.S. state capital:
    Here's the three pages of Pennsylvania state listings for a PI trade group:
    Mostly workers' comp surveillance, according to this local article:
    Here's the website of an outfit with a handsome street-level office on restaurant row (and near the state capitol); check out the picture of the camera tie:, so certainly they have offices, if not the stereotype. Joy

Jacques Debierue asked:
> What exactly does the real present-day PI do? Surely he can't be doing
> much "divorce work", or chasing the proverbial "missing daughter"?
> Does he even drink or want to? Does he have or need an office, or does
> he work from home and his SUV? Who hires him?
> I ask these things because life has changed so much since the classic
> era of the PI with bottle, pretty and/or motherly secretary, hostile
> cops (except for one who remains grudgingly loyal), etc. etc.

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