A detective is an investigator, either a member of a police agency or a private person. The latter may be known as private investigators or "private eyes". Informally, and primarily in fiction, a detective is any licensed or unlicensed person who solves crimes, including historical crimes, or looks into records.
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... Nameless Detective is the protagonist in a long-running mystery series by Bill Pronzini set in the San Francisco area ... Thrilling Detective cites Pronzini as stating that when he imagines the Nameless Detective, he sees Bill Pronzini ...
... Detectives may use public and private records to provide background information on a subject ... Police detectives can search through files of fingerprint records ... Detectives may search through records of criminal arrests and convictions, photographs or mug shots, of persons arrested, and motor vehicle records ...
Famous quotes containing the word detective:
“When a mans partners killed, hes supposed to do something about it. It doesnt make any difference what you thought of him, he was your partner and youre supposed to do something about it. As it happens, were in the detective business; well, when one of your organization gets killed, its, its bad business to let the killer get away with it. Bad all around. Bad for every detective everywhere.”
—John Huston (19061987)
“In the towns I am tracked by phantoms having weird detective ways”
—Thomas Hardy (18401928)
“The private detective of fiction is a fantastic creation who acts and speaks like a real man. He can be completely realistic in every sense but one, that one sense being that in life as we know it such a man would not be a private detective.”
—Raymond Chandler (18881959)