Mark B. Plimley
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Private Investigator or police force?
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I am a first time unpublished novelist. I am looking for info on police procedures in the novel I'm currently working on. To try and keep it as short as possible, my protagonist finds out his brother…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark B. Plimley Aug 23, 2015.

 

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Mark B. Plimley replied to Mark B. Plimley's discussion Private Investigator or police force?
"Thanks, Dan!"
Aug 23, 2015
dan petrosini replied to Mark B. Plimley's discussion Private Investigator or police force?
"Hello Mark, Others have posted excellent posts.  My points are: 1. Irrespective of the legal procedures (and there is definetly a time and place for them to keep it real) anyone can hire a PI to follow whatever they wish. 2. Fiction - we are…"
Aug 22, 2015
Martin Roy Hill replied to Mark B. Plimley's discussion Private Investigator or police force?
"Cults usually only come law enforcement surveillance L/E has evidence of illegal activity. The David Koresh cult in Waco, TX, for instance, was being investigated for illegal weapons sales, not for being a cult, when that whole fiasco…"
Aug 1, 2015
Suzanne replied to Mark B. Plimley's discussion Private Investigator or police force?
"Given the current concern over terrorism, Iwould guess the cult would be under the surveillance of Homeland Security."
Aug 1, 2015
Mark B. Plimley replied to Mark B. Plimley's discussion Private Investigator or police force?
"Thanks again, Martin!"
Jul 31, 2015
Mark B. Plimley replied to Mark B. Plimley's discussion Private Investigator or police force?
"Hi Dana. Thanks for the help! The P.I. book sounds like a keeper."
Jul 31, 2015
Richard Krauss replied to Mark B. Plimley's discussion Private Investigator or police force?
"Great lookin' list Martin--thanks!"
Jul 31, 2015
Martin Roy Hill replied to Mark B. Plimley's discussion Private Investigator or police force?
"I recently wrote a blog post on books I find helpful in my writing, including some on police procedures. You can find it here."
Jul 31, 2015
Dana King replied to Mark B. Plimley's discussion Private Investigator or police force?
"I second what Richard said; Plantinga's book is wonderful.  For procedures, check out Lee Lofland's POLICE PROCEDURE AND INVESTIGATION. Lots of good procedural stuff there to lend an air or verisimilitude. I also agree with those who…"
Jul 31, 2015
Mark B. Plimley replied to Mark B. Plimley's discussion Private Investigator or police force?
"Thank you so much Richard! I'm sure it will be interesting and invaluable."
Jul 12, 2015
Richard Krauss replied to Mark B. Plimley's discussion Private Investigator or police force?
"Hi Mark, This does not relate specifically to your question but may be of use to you and others who use this site. Adam Plantinga, a 13-year patrolman, has a book out called "400 Things Cops Know," that's a great reference for keeping…"
Jul 12, 2015
Mark B. Plimley replied to Mark B. Plimley's discussion Private Investigator or police force?
"Thanks, Martin! That is very helpful and useful info."
Jul 8, 2015
Martin Roy Hill replied to Mark B. Plimley's discussion Private Investigator or police force?
"Mark,   Albert is correct. Missing persons are not high priorities for police unless its a missing child or an Alzheimer's patient. In San Diego, the Sheriff's Search and Rescue Detail would handled those. (I spent nearly 6 years on…"
Jul 8, 2015
Mark B. Plimley replied to Mark B. Plimley's discussion Private Investigator or police force?
"Thanks Albert! I appreciate the comment. Best wishes!"
Jul 7, 2015
Albert Tucher replied to Mark B. Plimley's discussion Private Investigator or police force?
"Mark, the police would not get involved unless your protagonist presented them with good reason to believe that a crime had been committed. It is not illegal to disappear or to join a cult. Private investigators make much their living off…"
Jul 7, 2015
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Private Investigator or police force?

I am a first time unpublished novelist. I am looking for info on police procedures in the novel I'm currently working on. To try and keep it as short as possible, my protagonist finds out his brother goes missing. They both live in Canada and it is believed that the brother may be in the San Diego, CA area. Would it be advisable/believable for the protagonist to hire a P.I. in the San Diego area or would it be a more advisable/believable procedure to contact the police in California? My plot…See More
Jul 2, 2015

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Vancouver
About Me:
I am an unpublished novelist. I have published two poems and am currently enrolled in a three month intensive creative writing program.
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Reader, Writer
Books And Authors I Like:
I enjoy literary fiction writers such as Alice Munro, Craig Davidson, and also like crime and mystery novels.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Breaking Bad, Jack Taylor series, and British crime dramas.

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