PI-Crime Writer Colleen Collins Offers Three Private-Eye Books for the Holidays

Real-life private investigator and award-winning author Colleen Collins offers three books for the holidays! “Collins knows her stuff.” ~ Lori Wilde, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

Online PR News – 16-December-2011 – Denver, Colorado – Shopping for a wannabe sleuth, a writer crafting a mystery novel, or a reader who loves crime fiction? Private investigator and award-winning writer Colleen Collins offers three books for the holidays, starting with two non-fiction books, "How to Write a Dick: A Guide for Writing Fictional Sleuths" (co-authored with attorney-author Shaun Kaufman) and "How Do Private Eyes Do That?", which provide tips, techniques and real-life case examples for investigating a wide variety of cases, as well as pointers for accurately portraying private eyes in fiction. The third book, "The Zen Man," is a novel about a private investigator man-and-woman team who are pressed into solving a murder after a body is discovered at their Christmas party!

How to Write a Dick: A Guide for Writing Fictional Sleuths from a Couple of Real-Life Sleuths
On Amazon for only $4.99!

Topics include a history of private investigators; descriptions of various specialized fields and how to gain experience in them, from insurance investigations to white-collar crime investigations to pet detection; how private investigators conduct surveillances on foot and in vehicles; the basics of homicide investigations and how private investigators might be involved; a gumshoe glossary and much more.

“If you want authenticity in creating a fictional private investigator for your stories, then this is a must-have reference book. Its authors, Colleen and Shaun, are living breathing PIs with years of actual experience in the PI game.” ~ R.T. Lawton, 25 years on the street as a federal special agent and author of 4 series in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

“Forget Google and Bing. When you need to research PI work, go to the experts, Colleen Collins and Shaun Kaufman: they live it, they teach it, they write it. How to Write a Dick is the best work of its kind I’ve ever come across because it covers the whole spectrum in an entertaining style that will appeal to layman and lawmen alike. This will be the industry standard for years to come.”
—Reed Farrel Coleman, three-time Shamus Award winner for Best PI Novel of the Year and author of Hurt Machine

How Do Private Eyes Do That?
On Amazon for only $2.99!

This book offers dozens of articles on the art of private investigations, including case examples and a listing of recommended writers' and professional private investigators' sites. Topics include how to locate missing persons, how to find cell phone numbers, tips for catching cheating spouses, where to access free online research sites, techniques for conducting successful witness interviews, tips for investigating white-collar crime and more.

“A must have for any writer serious about crafting authentic private eyes. Collins knows her stuff.” ~ Lori Wilde, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

"Real-life private investigator Colleen Collins spills the beans."
~The Thrilling Detective

The Zen Man
On Amazon for only $2.99!

Just as washed-up criminal defense attorney, life-long Deadhead (nickname “The Zen Man”), and current PI Rick Levine decides to get relicensed as a lawyer, he’s charged with killing one and ends up in the slammer with a half-mil bail.

Released on bond, Rick and his girlfriend Laura have 30 days to find the real killer. In the course of their investigations, they dig for dirt among Denver’s shady legal backrooms to its tony corporate centers. Dodging bullets, a kidnapping, trumped-up charges and the FBI's unwanted intervention, Rick and Laura continue tracking key suspects who have motive...eventually learning that true redemption begins at home

“I loved every single word of The Zen Man!”
~ Delores Fossen, USA Today Best-selling Author

"Move over Sam Spade, Nick and Nora; make room for a Denver who-dun-it, Colleen Collins’s The Zen Man. Brilliant and fast-paced writing. I couldn’t put it down."
~ Donnell Ann Bell,
 Award-Winning Author of The Past Came Hunting

"What I didn't expect were the touches of romantic language, as delicate and erotic as a glance by Humphrey Bogart from under his hat. I also didn't expect the humorous touches in what is essentially one man's life-or-death fight to save his soul, his business and the love of his life."
~Bonnie Ramthun, multi-published mystery and YA author

No ereader? No problem. Amazon offers free, easy-to-download apps so you can download and read all three books on your Mac, PC or a variety of other devices, including mobile phones! If you want to send one of these books as a gift, all you need is that person's email address.

Colleen Collins, is a professional private investigator and award-winning author. Colleen has written 22 novels, some of which have placed first in the Colorado Gold, Romancing the Rockies, and Top of the Peak contests, and placed in the finals for the Holt Medallion, Coeur de Bois Readers Choice, Award of Excellence, More than Magic, and Romance Writers of America RITA contests.

After graduating with honors from the University of California Santa Barbara, Colleen worked as a film production assistant, improv comic, telecommunications manager at the RAND Corporation, technical writer/editor, speech writer, and private investigator. All these experiences play into her writing.

She’s a member of the Mystery Writers of America (MWA), Private Eye Writers of America (PWA), Sisters in Crime and Novelists, Inc. (NINC).

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