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Missing Persons: A Writer's Guide to Finding the Lost, the Abducted and the Escaped

(Howdunit Series)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  8 reviews
With Missing Persons in hand you'll find the types that commonly become PIs - ex-cops, macho criminal wannabes, reporters; the easiest people to find (men, property owners and professionals) and the hardest (women, scoundrels and those with common names); profiles of the missing and profiles of those searching; how and why people hide; what can be gleaned from public recor ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published October 5th 2005 by Writer's Digest Books (first published September 1997)
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A.J. Downey
Jun 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
Felt the author was spending far too much time making herself look clever than she was actually providing any worthwhile information. Felt if you got rid of all of that, the book would only be one-third of the length it is now.

Anything I gleaned out of this book that could and would be any kind of useful to me wasn't especially useful overall unless the story I was working on and reading this for research material for was set in the 90's. I suppose it's not her fault that much of the informatio
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Tim
Dec 15, 2014 rated it liked it
This gives you a good idea both of what a private detective's work is like, and of how they go about tracing missing people. It probably won't come as a surprise that it is not as glamorous or dangerous or exciting as it looks on TV and the movies. Much of the work involves looking through records and cross-checking information. Sometimes the PI makes an occasional phone call to get some info (often under a false pretext), and sometimes they even ring a doorbell or two to confront someone's long ...more
R.Z.
Jun 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
A how-to book on tracking missing persons is a needed reference for crime writers, but in my opinion this one doesn't measure up. The author Fay Faron is so busy wisecracking about her own experiences as a private investigator that the substance for writers of how to write about missing persons cases is minimal. What is excellent about the book is the outline of subjects covered which seems full. Too bad that the author isn't serious about actually helping writers. It seems that writers' needs a ...more
Morven
Jan 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, writing
The version I have was published in 1997. I'm sure a lot of things have changed since then, but I still found it interesting.

If you're writing a story or novel that has a private investigator, this might be a good resource.
Daniel Cornwall
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Though this book dates from the 1990s, most of the information still seems to be relevant. Wish there was a new edition.
T.M. Carper
Aug 05, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fic, writing
Wasn't as helpful as I thought it would be.
Kristen
Apr 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is a must read for all aspiring authors who want to know some aspects for writing about missing people. (Unfortunately, I don't have some books, since they're out of print...)
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