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

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Writer's Digest Books, 1997 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 264 pages
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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 record; secret and not-so-secret databases; and the lowdown on interviewing, surveillance and the benefits of a good scam. Missing Persons goes beyond the basic search, and details the process of looking for someone, typical clients and the reaction once the missing is found. There's more than a presentation of facts here. Faron backs up her clues with anecdotes from Rat Dog case files. As with any good whodunit, Faron's engaging style and true-life adventures will have you turning pages. In short, every gumshoe's search should begin here.

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Fay Faron was born February 27, 1949 in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Albert and Geraldine M. Faron. She was educated at Arizona State University and the University of Arizona. She is a member of the National Association of Bank Investors and Professionals against Confidence Crimes. Known for her writings in criminology, law, mystery, and crime fiction, Faron is the owner and chief executive officer of the Rat Dog Detective Agency in San Francisco, owner of the Creighton-Morgan Publishing Group, and founder of Younger Angels. Since 1991, she has been the author of her own column, Ask Rat Dog, syndicated by King Features. Her books include The Instant National Locator Guide (1991), A Private Eye's Guide to Collecting a Bad Debt (1995), Missing Persons (1997), and Congames (1998).

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