Of the fictional PI’s that I’ve watched in my (sometimes) misspent youth, the character that has had the greatest impact on me was Rick Deckard from the Hollywood movie BladeRunner. Especially the part where he is looking in a newspaper for a job and the voice-over says, “They don’t advertise for killers in the newspaper. That was my profession. Ex-cop. Ex-blade runner. Ex-killer.“
The impression that most people have of PI’s is very much what they see in the American movies. As we all know, the reality is a lot different. For starters, I don’t drive around in a white Ferrari and I don’t carry a gun or any other weapon.
For me, the most exciting types of investigations are the commercial and retail frauds where I get to gather evidence about employees and once gathered I get to interview them. It is satisfying to get a confession as a culmination of several months of work.
So remember the next time you meet me, don’t expect me to show up to the meeting in a white Ferrari wearing a mac.