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Monday April 14, 2014 | Most of the people know about private investigators come from the novels and movies. However being a Private Detective is not as action pack as it is pictured on movies.  Private investigator work is a higher investigative technique that takes many hours of practice to master.  I do not  entrust that you make a surveillance on a subject unless you are a qualified private investigator.  Below is an article of  LoupDargent about the “myths” of a PI, the difference between proving a case and breaking the law.


The private investigator or “private eye” is a quintessential character in fiction and there have been many famous private investigators in films, novels and television services. From Sherlock Holmes to Thomas Magnum, private investigators in fiction lead interesting lives which makes for great stories filled with mystery, intrigue and surprises.

However, is the private eye that we are familiar with in popular culture a realistic portrayal of what this job is actually like? Does a real private investigator sit in a dark and smoky office drinking a whisky on the rocks and leaning back with his feet on the desk? Does he always wear a dark trench coat and a cap, carrying a magnifying glass wherever he goes? Or what about the modern archetype of the charming clever young private investigator who has all of the coolest electronic equipment, from microphone bugs to hacking software? Or perhaps the cynical and rough-around-the-edges ex-cop who knows all the right people in all the wrong places?

The truth is that the types of detectives and private investigators that we see in film, novels and television are exaggerations. A real life private investigator usually doesn’t resemble these fictional characters in very many ways.

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22 Responses to The Fact and Fiction about Private Investigation

  1. Alana says:

    Glamorous jobs on TV shows are rarely glamorous in real life!

  2. Everything is glamorized for the TV. It’s one way of getting people interested in the jobs, but they really need to separate the fact from fiction. Another job is being a lawyer. The TV shows like to show the really interesting and controversial cases, but there are so many mundane and sometimes seemingly pointless cases to contend with.

  3. Roch says:

    To me, private investigators are those who always side with the villain in the movies haha they quite have a negative impression on me. 😛

  4. Nate says:

    When I hear of PI, it’s always one of those things where Hollywood always makes it more than what it seems in real life. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Hristiqn Nikolov says:

    Great article though, I don’t understand why not posted the full one.

  6. I would think that sometimes being a private investigator takes a lot of patience! Hopefully it’s worth it in the end! I do know some folks who have used these services and it has been a great help to them!

  7. Scott says:

    You mean Hollywood exaggerates their characters? Say it isn’t so! 😉

  8. Amber says:

    We hired a private investigator while living in Uganda to look into our adopted daughter’s case and make sure she was a true orphan in need of adoption. There is often much corruption surrounding Ugandan adoption and we wanted to make sure we stayed on the up and up. I’m sure what our private investigator did for us there though is much different than what one does in the U.S.!

  9. My friend works in an office that does private investigation and she told me that its a very stressful job because most of their clients hire them because they want to know if their spouse is cheating. They have to follow the subject for 3-5 days at the very least

  10. Mei says:

    Glad to read this article because I have always wondered how cool it is to be a private investigators as I see them on the screen. But in reality, there are differences from how they are portrayed.

  11. LOL Thanks for the reality check! I’ll be honest and admit that when I was younger I did believed PI were as portrayed in films!

  12. Leila says:

    I really do enjoy your private investigator articles. Since having worked very closely with one, I do have a realistic idea of PI’s, but once upon a time, I definitely was one of the believers of the myths! (Secretly, I think it’s fun to think of them in the dark, smokey office!)

  13. Mommy Pehpot says:

    Private investigators from the movies are too smart! I am not saying that real life pi are not that smart ha, the thing is, fictional pi like sherlock holmes are very imaginative and sometimes their imagination is too much in real life LOL

  14. Irish says:

    I actually enjoy watching detective shows and so far my favorite is Detective Conan. I know it’s a exaggeration but it’s an entertaining one.

  15. Franc Ramon says:

    I guess both fact and fictional private investigators have to be really smart above all.

  16. Private Investigators have a tough job and most jobs do not resemble anything like they do on TV! However, TV and the movies is where we escape “real life” LOL!!

  17. Christina says:

    I know Hollywood glamorizes everything, but I do enjoy a good PI movie or book for that matter. Although, I’ve often wondered what a PI does in “real life”.

  18. Sophie Bowns says:

    I often wondered how it actually worked!

  19. Patty | MrsC says:

    I remember watching a few episodes of Keeping up With the Kardashians where they hired a PI, and I couldn’t help but think that he was too exaggerated to be the real deal. Oh well, even though he may have really been a PI, he was still on a TV show, so there.

  20. Lot more action-packed character on movies and fiction stories.

  21. Prince says:

    I didn’t know about the difference, really. Thanks for sharing this post! However, Sherlock Holmes novels are good for mental exercise. It’s very fun to read them! One of my favorites, in fact! ^^

  22. Bjorn says:

    I am a fan of Sherlock Holmes and have read the books but I have yet to watch the TV series which is lol.

    I prefer watching private investigation movies because they really are great in stirring the minds. And I actually believe that those who watch this kind of genre are really smart people.

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