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Private Lies: Why Real-Life P.I.S Think Mystery Writers Bend the Truth. (Crimetime)

Magazine article Book

Private Lies: Why Real-Life P.I.S Think Mystery Writers Bend the Truth. (Crimetime)

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SKIPP PORTEOUS, SHERLOCK INVESTIGATIONS, NEW YORK, NY

LOVES: Alexander McCall Smith "The cases in the book were the kind of cases most P.I.s do: Matrimonial cases, cheating spouses, mistaken identities. That's the real world of most P.I.s."

HATES: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle "When I started Sherlock Investigations, I thought I'd better read Sherlock Holmes. But I didn't like it--too contrived. Almost hokey."

TOM BARNES, L.A. PRIVATE EYE, WHITTIER, CA

LOVES: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle "I don't read a lot of those books. I get bored. I open the book and I instantly know what's going on. I do this for real life. Why should I read about it? But I do like Sherlock Holmes. Those are classics."

HATES: Sensationalization "Crime writers sensationalize it. There's a lot of bacon in the work, but no sizzle. They want to write on the sizzle. To write on the sizzle, you have to bend the rules."

MAISIE HANRAHAN, HANRAHAN INVESTIGATIONS GROUP, WESTCHESTER, IL

LOVES: Patricia Cornwell and James Patterson "I like any book that gives me an escape. …

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