private detective

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Examples of private detective in a Sentence

when the police insisted that it was an accident and not murder, she hired a private detective

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As the story opens, Brodie is coping with his shambles of a personal life while working as a private detective on the west coast of England. Bruce Desilva, Dallas News, "A vile conspiracy is taken down in long-awaited novel 'Big Sky'," 25 June 2019 Prosecutors argued in court that Warmus purchased a gun from a private detective and used it to kill Betty Jeanne Solomon, shooting her nine times in the Solomons' home before going to meet Paul Solomon at a hotel. Taylor Romine, CNN, "Carolyn Warmus, the woman convicted in the 'Fatal Attraction' murder, has been released from prison," 18 June 2019 Veronica is back home and as cynical and witty as ever, and this new trailer shows off a bit of what to expect: Veronica returned home after being away for years, and is working as a private detective alongside her father. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Watch the first full trailer for Veronica Mars season 4," 14 June 2019 Rodham, who never graduated from college, had several jobs, including stints as a prison guard and private detective, according to the The New York Times. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Hillary Clinton's youngest brother, Tony Rodham, dies," 8 June 2019 Their stories’ plots differed, but their protagonists were mostly the same: tough-talking, straight-shooting private detectives. Susanna Lee, Quartz, "How the ‘good guy with a gun’ became a deadly American fantasy," 7 June 2019 Mars is a grungier Nancy Drew, your private detective next door. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "8 TV Shows Like 'Killing Eve' to Binge If You Can't Wait for Season 2," 17 Jan. 2019 Tesla Crane, heiress to the Crane fortune, and Shalmanseer Steward, a retired private detective, are on their honeymoon cruise from Earth to Mars. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Return to an alternate history space race with two new Lady Astronaut novels," 18 Sep. 2018 Plenty of wasteland stories are still waiting to be told, but these sterile tapes and notes aren't replacements for past series personalities like Fallout 4's synth private detective Nick Valentine or Fallout 3's radio DJ Three Dog. Sarah Leboeuf, Ars Technica, "Fallout 76 is online and lonelier than ever," 15 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of private detective

1861, in the meaning defined above

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private detective

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