Detectives Don't Wear Seat Belts: True Adventures of a Female, Page 1

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Center Street, Sep 23, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages
Growing up in Mississippi, Cici McNair was always more the tomboy her mother supported than the Southern belle her father demanded. She escaped her suffocating upbringing the first chance she had to travel the world. Whether working at the Vatican in Rome or consorting with a gunrunner in Haiti, she lived a life of international adventure. When Cici finds herself in New York, divorced, broke, and fashionably starving to death in a Madison Avenue apartment, she impulsively decides to become a private detective.

But, as Cici soon learns, the world of P.I.s is tight-knit and made up almost exclusively of former law enforcement officers. By nature, they are a highly suspicious group and are especially wary of a newcomer with an untraceable past. Diligently working her way through the Yellow Pages, doggedly pursuing the slightest lead, Cici is finally hired by a private investigator willing to take a chance. The next day she's working side by side with a pair of seasoned detectives and a skip tracer who is scary to meet but like silk on the phone. She quickly realizes she'll need all her energy and wits to succeed in this new world.

Being a private investigator is as exciting and liberating as Cici ever dreamed, from creating a false identity on the spot on her first case in the field to surviving adrenaline-rushing car chases. Working with law enforcement, she goes undercover, dealing with the ruthless Born to Kill gang in Chinatown and the Middle Eastern counterfeiters west of Broadway. A detailed account of the hidden world and real-life cases of a P.I., this action-packed memoir is as entertaining as any detective novel you've ever read.
 

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User Review  - Tmtrvlr - LibraryThing

What interesting tales CiCi McNair has to tell! From her sad childhood, her rebellious young adult life of high adventure, and then her quest to become a PI, CiCi’s adventures come to life. The ... Read full review

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User Review  - jasmyn9 - LibraryThing

Cici wants to be a detective, she loves the idea of tracking the clues and solving the puzzles. Unfortunately the business is run by men...men who are almost all ex-law enforcement, and it isn't easy ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
PART I
Circumstantial Evidence
April Fools Day
A Class Act
From the Vatican to Vinny
Bahama Triangle
Playing Games with Men
The Company I Keep
Aptitudes
Chinatown
Notes from the Warehouse
Brothers
Invisible Dog
My Own Bad Guys Good Dancers

One First After Another
You Dont Exist
Transition
PART II
The Way It Was
Clip Job
Return to the Yellow Pages
Turtle Creek Exile
Mississippi PI
Southern Summers
The Season of Endless Talking
Working for Lyndon
Tailing the Blond Adulteress
Lyndons Operatives
Out in the Field
Leaving It All
PART III
The Crows Nest
Sweet Talk
Nightscape
Outrageous Fortune
Future Tense
Starting to Be the End
PART IV
Mind Game
Mystery Lunch
A Lot of Diamonds a Little Revenge
Little Girls Who Tell Lies
The Last Summer
PART V
Case Closed
Capers
Last Words
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