***** A Manual of Private Investigation Techniques. Edited by William F. Blake. Charles C. Thomas Publishers, Ltd.; ccthomas.com; 326 pages; $39.95; also available as e-book.
The editor of this volume was able to amass an amazing number of beneficial articles for both aspiring and experienced investigators. Although clearly developed for private investigators, its breadth of topics pertaining to various types of investigations gives it significance for investigators working in the public sector as well.
The book presents the reader with an array of interesting essays on useful topics such as premises liability, undercover operations, integrity investigations, protecting assets, mortgage fraud, arson investigations, and homicide investigations. Many other investigative topics are explored in this tome as well.
The authors of these articles often incorporate information on how the various types of investigations should be conducted. There is worthwhile information in these articles that will enable private investigators to educate their respective clients on potential issues in their businesses that could create vulnerabilities for criminal exploitation. Collectively, the contributing authors adequately spell out the applicable best investigative practices as they survey the various types of investigations.
In short, this work is a valuable contribution to the field of investigation, especially in the private sector. The editor did a superb job of collecting meaningful articles pertaining to the study of investigation as well as the investigative process.
Hugh J. Martin is a retired police chief from Wisconsin. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and a member of ASIS.