The Art of Investigation Revisited: Practical Tips from the Experts examines the qualities required to be a professional, thorough, and effective investigator is a follow-up to the authors highly touted book The Art of Investigation (2019). This book features a wholly new line-up of investigators, experienced professionals in the field who delve into the “soft skills” that make an investigator effective. Each chapter examines a specific quality required to be a professional, thorough, and—most importantly—successful in this challenging discipline.

The editors, and contributing authors, are tops in their field and bring a wealth of real-world knowledge and experience to the subject. While several publications exist on the procedures and steps of an investigation, few books cover the creative and intuitive skills required. Such traits are necessary to continually question in the face of investigative roadblocks, unique qualities endemic to an inquisitive mind that can be trained to improve and investigators professional skill-set. Each chapter discusses the applicability of the traits, and requirements to the contributor’s own work and experience as an investigator. In doing so, the contributors will provide valuable stories from their personal experience which demonstrates their use or a given trait and its importance in the course of their investigative work and career. 

The case examples included throughout will be engaging and, as is often the case, surprising.  An investigator must keep an open mind above all else and this book will seek to “lift the veil” on the inner workings of an investigation and the thought process and inner monologue of an investigator as part of that process. The book will be a welcome addition to any investigators toolkit and will also be of interest to students in criminal justice, security and Homeland Security programs, security consultants, corporate and private security professionals, and the legal community.

1. Energy  2. Initiative  3. Professionalism  4. Empathy  5. Self-Control  6. Tenacity  7. Creativity  8. Curiosity  9. Integrity  10. Adaptability  11. Confidence  12. Discretion  13. Ingenuity  14. Skepticism  15. Patience