What is detective?

  • (noun): An investigator engaged or employed in obtaining information not easily available to the public.
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Detective

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
... 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 ...
Detective - Techniques - Records Investigation
... 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 ...

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    Bolkenstein, a Minister, was speaking on the Dutch programme from London, and he said that they ought to make a collection of diaries and letters after the war. Of course, they all made a rush at my diary immediately. Just imagine how interesting it would be if I were to publish a romance of the “Secret Annexe.” The title alone would be enough to make people think it was a detective story.
    Anne Frank (1929–1945)

    The detective novel is the art-for-art’s-sake of our yawning Philistinism, the classic example of a specialized form of art removed from contact with the life it pretends to build on.
    —V.S. (Victor Sawdon)

    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 (1888–1959)