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“Hired by a bitch to find scum”

The murky, masculine, sex-suffused world of the movie detective

By Josephine Livingstone  

(Above) The PI doesn’t solve mysteries with armchair deduction but by invading the private spaces of others 

Often responding to Philip or Sam, the private investigator (PI) may be identified by his coat and hat. His natural habitat: the wet street corner or, unauthorised, another person’s home. He is commonly accused of committing the very crime under his investigation. You will find him lit starkly, from the side. He is good at getting women into bed, but they often turn out to be malevolent villainesses. He…

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