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30th Apr '18 8:55:26 PM Mdumas43073
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A {{seeker|s}} character frequently used in DetectiveDrama. A professional detective not directly affiliated with a police department in any official sense (although many will have [[FriendOnTheForce contacts in the department]], and it's not uncommon for members of this profession to have been either police officers or previously worked in law-enforcement, as many of the skill sets overlap), a Private Detective takes on cases that private citizens bring to them - however, whilst they aren't ''supposed'' to investigate crimes (which are official matters for the police, who often look dimly upon private detectives sticking their noses in - both in fiction and in [[TruthInTelevision real life]]), they usually [[MysteryMagnet find themselves knee-deep]] in murders, robberies and kidnappings by the end of the story. They may be doing this because the PoliceAreUseless and/or unconcerned about solving the case, meaning our detective is [[TheOnlyOne the only person]] who is actually willing or capable of solving it. However, this is often justified (especially in classical FilmNoir) by the detective starting off with a seemingly simple case, such as [[Film/{{Chinatown}} finding out if a woman's husband is committing adultery]] or [[Film/AngelHeart investigating the disappearance of a man who vanished twelve years ago in order to resolve a debt he had with a wealthy businessman]], only for things to [[MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot spiral out of control]] to the point that the only way for the detective to get out is to solve the case.

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A {{seeker|s}} character frequently used in DetectiveDrama.

A professional detective not directly affiliated with a police department in any official sense (although many will have [[FriendOnTheForce contacts in the department]], and it's not uncommon for members of this profession to have been either police officers or previously worked in law-enforcement, as many of the skill sets overlap), a Private Detective takes on cases that private citizens bring to them - however, whilst they aren't ''supposed'' to investigate crimes (which are official matters for the police, who often look dimly upon private detectives sticking their noses in - both in fiction and in [[TruthInTelevision real life]]), they usually [[MysteryMagnet find themselves knee-deep]] in murders, robberies and kidnappings by the end of the story. They may be doing this because the PoliceAreUseless and/or unconcerned about solving the case, meaning our detective is [[TheOnlyOne the only person]] who is actually willing or capable of solving it. However, this is often justified (especially in classical FilmNoir) by the detective starting off with a seemingly simple case, such as [[Film/{{Chinatown}} finding out if a woman's husband is committing adultery]] or [[Film/AngelHeart investigating the disappearance of a man who vanished twelve years ago in order to resolve a debt he had with a wealthy businessman]], only for things to [[MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot spiral out of control]] to the point that the only way for the detective to get out is to solve the case.
30th Apr '18 8:55:05 PM Mdumas43073
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->''Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid. The detective must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man. He must be, to use a rather weathered phrase, a man of honor. He talks as the man of his age talks, that is, with rude wit, a lively sense of the grotesque, a disgust for sham, and a contempt for pettiness. ''
-->-- "[[http://www.en.utexas.edu/amlit/amlitprivate/scans/chandlerart.html The Simple Art Of Murder]]", '''Creator/RaymondChandler'''

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->''Down ->''"Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid. The detective must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man. He must be, to use a rather weathered phrase, a man of honor. He talks as the man of his age talks, that is, with rude wit, a lively sense of the grotesque, a disgust for sham, and a contempt for pettiness. ''\n"''
-->-- "[[http://www.en.utexas.edu/amlit/amlitprivate/scans/chandlerart.html The Simple Art Of of Murder]]", '''Creator/RaymondChandler'''
29th Mar '18 10:43:08 AM DrOO7
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* ''Film/{{Psycho}}''. Marion Crane's employer hires one to track her down after she steals from a client. [[spoiler: He ends up meeting her fate]].
14th Mar '18 5:15:03 PM Xtifr
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* Rex Stout's Literature/NeroWolfe was a somewhat sedentary stay-at-home version of this; narrator Archie Goodwin did most of the legwork, and if they needed more legs they'd hire three other private investigators.

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* Rex Stout's Creator/RexStout:
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Literature/NeroWolfe was a somewhat sedentary stay-at-home version of this; narrator Archie Goodwin did most of the legwork, and if they needed more legs they'd hire three other private investigators.investigators.
** His character Theodolinda "Dol" Bonner was one of the first women in fiction to be a professional private investigator.
24th Feb '18 1:30:27 AM Dghcrh
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* [[ProfessorLayton Professor Hershel Layton]] is ''not'' this, but he's constantly mistaken for one.

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* [[ProfessorLayton [[VideoGame/ProfessorLayton Professor Hershel Layton]] is ''not'' this, but he's constantly mistaken for one.
5th Feb '18 11:25:29 AM ChronoLegion
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* VideoGame/TexMurphy of the eponymous series of adventure games is a throwback (well, more of an AffectionateParody) to Creator/RaymondChandler's detective novels, although the events of the games take place in an AfterTheEnd CrapsackWorld. The game justified the AlwaysNight setting by the post-WorldWarThree US government reversing the day/night hours, so that people are active during the night (when there's less radiation due to the damage to the ozone layer) and asleep during the day.
19th Nov '17 4:23:50 PM Divra
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*** By ''Changes'', Harry's occult dealings take so much of his time that he subcontracts out most of the mundane tasks to the aforementioned colleague.
** He hasn't had much screentime, but Nick Christian, the PI who mentored Harry while Harry was getting his license has appeared in the series.
2nd Nov '17 6:43:13 PM EdwardGil
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VampireDetectiveSeries often feature one as a protagonist, though of the immortal variant; while OccultDetectives use magic.

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VampireDetectiveSeries often feature one as a protagonist, though of the immortal variant; while OccultDetectives use the OccultDetective uses magic.
2nd Nov '17 6:42:58 PM EdwardGil
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VampireDetectiveSeries often feature one as a protagonist, though of the immortal variant.

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VampireDetectiveSeries often feature one as a protagonist, though of the immortal variant.
variant; while OccultDetectives use magic.
2nd Nov '17 6:39:50 PM Darkmoonfire
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** His daughter [[VideoGame/LadyLaytonTheMillionaireAriadonesConspiracy Catriel 'Lady' Layton]], however, ''is'' this.

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** His daughter [[VideoGame/LadyLaytonTheMillionaireAriadonesConspiracy [[VideoGame/LaytonsMysteryJourneyKatrielleAndTheMillionairesConspiracy Catriel 'Lady' Layton]], however, ''is'' this.
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