Re: RARA-AVIS: The present day PI

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 12 Aug 2006

Mr T asked, "What exactly does the real present-day PI do?"

************ I met up with a childhood friend of mine several years after school and he was a private investigator. He said he started doing divorce work but ended up on retainer to a couple insurance companies doing insurance fraud. He told with a gleam in his eye about a video he shot of the guy standing in the back of a rowboat pulling and pulling on the small outboard. The guy was off work collecting workman's comp for a work-related back injury. My friend's name was Allan Zimmerman. He always carried tons of school books home on the bus and his dad had a yard full of old T-birds. He said he had a lot of money in camera equipment.

Back on track, I read a contemporary Peter Temple detective novel and them boys were doing corporate espionage. Sounded good to me. And like Jack mentioned, they were doing a lot of internet work, including breaking into passworded sites. Incidentally, the Temple book was pretty damned good, in spite of the author's tendency to politically stereotype. I don't remember the name of it. Something black or dark in the title, but that don't narrow it down much nowadays.


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