Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a real private investigator? I’m not talking about television private eyes like The Rockford Files or Magnum, P.I. No, I’m talking about what it’s really like to be a private investigator.
Today’s podcast will be a short book review of Confessions of a Private Eye by Scott Fulmer. That’s me. And this is my book. To explain, it’s a true crime memoir about my thirty years as a real private investigator. Throughout its 248 pages I offer an accurate behind-the-scenes look at some of my
real-life cases. For starters, it was published in February 2018 and has received some great reviews. So, why a book? And why my book? As a matter of fact, I am devoting one podcast episode a month to reviewing true-crime and private investigator-related books. Furthermore, I think you’ll enjoy it.
CONFESSIONS OF A PRIVATE EYE
To begin with, Confessions of a Private Eye by Scott Fulmer is about my thrilling private eye career spanning some three decades. I’ve seen it all. At least I think I have. To begin with, I describe in breathtaking detail my investigations and daring challenges involving kidnapped children, complex insurance scams, and even a missing 3 karat diamond ring. In addition I talk about the time I busted a fake chiropractic clinic or recovered thousands of dollars of purloined tortillas. Yes, I said tortillas. True story. Additionally, there was the time I proved an injured stripper wasn’t so injured after all. In the shadowy world of the private eye, truth really is stranger than fiction. First, let’s look at some reviews. I begin with Deseret News.
DESERET NEWS BOOK REVIEW
Reporter Amanda Olson of the Deseret News reviewed Confessions of a Private Eye by Scott Fulmer, in April of 2018. Olson writes:
Fulmer’s modesty is part of what makes this book worth reading. He’s just as hardworking as we are, he gets nervous like we do and he asks the same kinds of fine-lined questions — what’s illegal and what’s unethical — at his job as we do at ours. Only Fulmer isn’t drinking his Dr. Pepper at a desk like the rest of us, and the variation of his day-to-day is another part of what makes his stories so fun.”
“Fulmer is sorting through trash one moment and getting accosted by a subject the next. He’s working for an angry ex-husband one week, and then he’s off on a case for the federal government. But Fulmer doesn’t glamourize this; he gets tired and his days can be lonely, especially as he often has to leave his family for long stretches of time. Because Fulmer isn’t romanticizing his experiences, it’s easy to like them — and him—all the more.
Wow. That sounds exciting. Although it’s Diet Dr. Pepper these days. By the way, you can read the full review of my book by the Deseret News here.
At the age of eight, I discovered the mysteries of Sherlock Holmes, Encyclopedia Brown, The Three Investigators and the Hardy Boys in the library at Huppertz Elementary School. My career choice was set. I would become a PI. Over the last thirty years my investigations have taken me from Texas to Utah and California to Washington, DC. From the streets of San Francisco to a cave in rural western Pennsylvania. I was even granted a top secret security clearance and began working with the U.S. government.
As professional snoop I have unraveled intrigues, busted employee theft and even worked with the F.B.I. In fact, my true-life cases have run the gamut from workers comp fraud and murder, to recovering runaways and human smuggling. Of course, there have been plenty of cheating spouses. I have placed state-of-the-art GPS trackers on vehicles, proven trademark infringement and even investigated members of the George Bush administration. But, you’ll need to buy my book to get the juicy details.
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Second, let’s turn to a review by Pursuit Magazine.
PURSUIT MAGAZINE BOOK REVIEW
Writer Kim Green of Pursuit Magazine reviewed Confessions of a Private Eye by Scott Fulmer in April of 2019. Green writes:
When writing a memoir, the challenge is that in demystifying a profession people find cryptic and captivating, a PI-author may lose curious readers amid too much truth. But Scott Fulmer strikes a deft balance between realism and adventure, describing the ordinary tedium of a PI’s workdays and the many extraordinary moments he’s seen in his three decades of investigations.”
“But it’s the field notes that reveal his most private self. In a wide-ranging career that spans several states and multiple specialties…, Fulmer offers empathetic observations of the kinds of miserable human dramas most people never see: a drug dealer who settles a debt by selling his teen daughter for sex; a man who shoots his friend for taking the last beer.”
“Knowing firsthand what evils men do has made Fulmer wary; at times, he seems to mourn for that lost trust. It’s a melancholy, hard-won wisdom. “I’m more cynical than I’d like to be,” he admits. But he holds to his faith that a life’s work can and should have meaning.
Indeed. You can read the full review by Pursuit Magazine, here.
Are you getting a clear picture yet of my book? To summarize, Confessions of a Private Eye by Scott Fulmer, is my spell-binding account, and your backstage pass. No roadies or groupies. No illegal drug buffets. Just the knowledge of how real private investigators go about solving cases and catching the bad guys. Of course, all the names, locations and other identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals, both the innocent and the guilty. In 17 short chapters you’ll learn how I got my start in the private investigation business and the mistakes I made along the way. My mistakes were legion. However, I think you’ll find my book insightful and poignant. Third, the Salt Lake City Weekly.
SALT LAKE CITY WEEKLY BOOK REVIEW
Reporter Carolyn Campbell wrote, Adultery, Fraud and the “Great Tortilla Caper: Inside the Life of a Utah Private Eye. Her article was published in the Salt Lake City Weekly, May of 2018. Carolyn wrote:
Fulmer does what he does because he has a desire to solve mysteries and to help people find closure and peace of mind. “In many ways, I’m still that blond haired little boy disappearing behind the library book shelves to revel in the stories of mysteries solved,” he says. “I’ve been fortunate enough to make a living at what I love to do. It’s been a good life. Yet there are times when he feels strained. Fulmer sees the worst of humanity when people lie, cheat and commit fraud, assault and abuse. “I grow weary of trying to come up with last-minute practical solutions to other people’s desperate problems,” he says.”
“The ongoing stress of handling multiple investigations and the unrealistic expectations of clients can be emotionally exhausting,…
You have no idea. In the final analysis, Confessions of a Private Eye by Scott Fulmer is a humorous and perceptive depiction of the mysterious private investigation world by me! One of the country’s top private eyes. Or, so my mother calls me. Get your copy today on Amazon and let me know what you think. Furthermore, since I’m a shameless self-promoter, let me add that I am available for media appearances, book readings, book signings and to speak to your group, seminar or conference.
Until next time, this is Utah Private Investigator Scott Fulmer reminding you the game…is afoot!
UTAH PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR SCOTT FULMER HOSTS THE INTERMOUNTAIN PI PODCAST AND IS THE PRINCIPAL AT INTERMOUNTAIN PI, A PRIVATE INVESTIGATION FIRM BASED IN SALT LAKE CITY. IN A CAREER SPANNING THREE DECADES, SCOTT HAS WORKED AS AN INVESTIGATOR FOR STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR. HE GREW UP IN SAN ANTONIO, THE OLDEST OF NINE CHILDREN. HIS LOVE OF MYSTERIES BEGAN AT AN EARLY AGE WHEN HE DISCOVERED THE STORIES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES IN HIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LIBRARY. SCOTT SERVED IN THE U.S. ARMY IN BOTH THE 101ST AIRBORNE AND 2ND ARMORED DIVISIONS (HELL ON WHEELS). HE IS A DECORATED COMBAT VETERAN OF THE 1990-91 GULF WAR. AFTER THE SERVICE, SCOTT EARNED A DEGREE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT SAN ANTONIO.
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