from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person privately hired to do investigative or detective work. Also called private detective, private eye.
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- n. An agent hired by a private party for the purpose of investigation or evidence gathering.
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- n. someone who can be employed as a detective to collect information
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On one side of the table sat a tired and frustrated-looking Detective Cole; on the other side, sitting all in a row like a firing squad, were Jacob Greer, Justin’s father; Donna, his young, pretty girlfriend; and Michael Smith, the arrogant private investigator they’d recently hired to find the missing Justin.
If a body turned up in the wash, this promised to be the biggest case of Westerkamp's career; if one didn't, he'd have to explain to his superiors why he'd pulled two men off their regular duties on only the word of an out-of-state private investigator with a bizarre theory.
The Dowler family claims a private investigator working for the paper deleted some of Milly's messages to make room for new messages.
San Francisco private investigator Sharon McCone is also being requested to contact the SFPD.
"Up until recently, I was a private investigator employed at Mr. Montrose's law firm."
He was a private investigator who specialized in fleecing his clients of huge sums of money by doing practically nothing except making guarantees that he rarely fulfilled.
The revelation that bereaved family members may have had their mobile phone messages intercepted by Glenn Mulcaire, a private investigator employed by the paper, in the days following the 2005 London bombings will heap further pressure on the title's owner, News International, part of Rupert Murdoch's media empire.
He recounted everything Judge Laird had told him about hiring the private investigator to follow Elise.
The revelation that a private investigator working for the News of the World hacked into – and even deleted – the voicemail messages of the murdered teenager Milly Dowler has caused widespread revulsion.
Days later, Brooks was drafting a memo to staff – her second in a week – expressing her horror at the revelation late on Monday afternoon that journalists at the News of the World had ordered a private investigator to hack into the murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler's mobile phone when Brooks was editor of the paper.