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The Investigator: Fifty Years of Uncovering the Truth

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  42 ratings  ·  7 reviews
The Los Angeles Times once called investigative lawyer Terry Lenzner “one of the most powerful and dreaded private investigators in the world.” In his fifty-year career, Lenzner has worked with politicians, celebrities, governments, and corporations worldwide; with a steadfast commitment to the truth, he has uncovered facts that have shaped policy and influenced major lega ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by Blue Rider Press
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There is little new information in this book, that is not already public. But Terry Lenzner tells us what it was from inside the major investigations that he was involved in and how he turned from a Lawyer to an investigator.

In early 60's he starts out as a lawyer investigating Civil Rights abuses, particularly by the law enforcement in Mississippi. Then he goes on to tell us about work as assistant US Attorney for Morganthau, his firing from Nixon White House and ironical involvement in the Wat
Mike Gabor
The author, Terry Lenzer, a Harvard law school graduate, has been involved in some of the most interesting investigations of the past fifty years. He started his career working for the Justice Department in the deep South during the 1960's investigating the murder of three civil rights workers. He then headed up the Legal Services Program for the poor. He was a prosecutor for the Federal government in New York and he then went on to help defend Phillip Berrigan and also at one time represented f ...more
Book's focus is on practices and attributes that constitute successful legal investigation and of the people who do the work. Reinforces what I knew intuitively. Author speaks from wide-ranging experience, first with governmental entities and then after establishing his own private firm. For private practice he initially hired newspaper reporters: "Reporters are agile and effective at getting information from people in an informal setting. In contrast, lawyers asking questions in depositions or ...more
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I have always found books like The Investigator interesting, so I am glad I got the opportunity to read this book. I can’t say that I am a huge memoir or biography type of person but when it comes to investigative reporting, crimes, etc then I enjoy them.

The name Terry Lenzner doesn’t really ring a bell with me probably because I was never one to watch the news. A lot of the things he talked about in this book I wasn’t even born yet, but I have heard about them from history books, or TV segments
This was a very good story. The beginning part for me was sad because he was investigating the civil rights movement in the 60's. He begins with one of the first murders of three workers. The sad part of the whole 60's thing was that the so called police in some of these areas were the problem. Then these investigators would bring cases to grand juries but they would not find enough evidence to bring charges. So many of these people got awat with murder and some were not brought to court until t ...more
Rick Edwards
It's pretty good read with lots of good history from some significant investigations in U.S. public life.
Fancies himself just a workaday guy trying to do the right thing. But I sense a partisan hack.
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