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trial and tribulations of a real life private eye - hardback edition

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trials & tribulations released in hardback!

hot off the press! lajoie describes the reality of the world of private investigation as only an expert can. the book was written to dispel the occupational myths of the private investigation profession. if you are someone who has wondered what it’s like to be a real life private eye, someone who is considering the profession as an occupation, or you are a pi now and want to learn how to enhance your career, trials & tribulations is a must read. here’s just a small sampling of what’s in it:

• danger in the pi world
• confidentiality
• reputation
• truth and trust
• business sense
• business plan
• standards of success
• who calls the shots
• personalities
• advocates and parties
• the third rule
• contracts
• burnout
• transition & training
• high profile cases
• necessity of investigation
• time
• deadlines
• balance

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here are what people are saying about the book:

“there is so much substance to what you say that i find myself having a conversation with you in my mind as i am reading your words.”

sherri cumpston, teacher-austin, tx

“in john lajoie’s book there is not one cryptic message, not one hidden meaning, no davinci code. this is straight shooting from word one, onwards…..with a gentle smile and direct eye contact, he weaves his narrative in a comfortable, conversational language that flows smoothly.”

herbert simon, book review- the journal of professional investigators

"nothing short of sensational!"

robert wilhelmi, retired business owner, s. yarmouth, ma

“the book is fabulous, and now required reading for all my students!”

rory mcmahon, founder, investigative educational consultants

"ivey did a great job of teaching you how to write..... a great read and very informative."

john s. mccann, superior court judge, westborough, ma

"your honesty and direct approach had me laughing out loud at times"

kitty hailey, cli, author and profesionnal investigator, philadelphia, pa

john m. lajoie, cli, ccdi, cii, bcpi

john m. lajoie is known throughout the country for his skill and experience as a private investigator, and for his dedication to the field of professional private investigation. lajoie has turned the one-man operation he began in 1989 into one of the largest investigative firms in the commonwealth of massachusetts . john is a certified legal investigator, a certified criminal defense investigator, a certified international investigator, and a board certified professional investigator. his case experience has ranged from high-profile homicides to simple auto accidents, and his client base from the rich and famous to the homeless and indigent.

john is a member of many national and international professional investigator organizations and is frequently recognized by these groups for his outstanding work and contributions to the investigative profession and the community. john is a member of the prestigious bcpi certification board of the united states association of professional investigators (usapi) headquartered in washington , dc , is a past president of the licensed private detectives association of massachusetts (lpdam), and has served four terms as the northeast regional director for the national association of legal investigators (nali). john was the certified legal investigator (cli) chairperson for nali's prestigious cli program for 4 terms (go to for more information). john currently serves as the constitution and bylaws chairperson for lpdam; and is a member of nali's cli committee. in october of 2002, lajoie was recognized nationwide as the investigator of the year as conferred by the national association of investigative specialists, based in austin , tx . that same year, he was a finalist for the international investigator of the year. lajoie, an award winning author, has produced numerous publications, and in august of 2005 authorhouse published his critically acclaimed non-fiction book, trials and tribulations of a real life private eye, a writing of open and honest dialogue about the realities of private investigation told through experience, anecdotes, and true stories. trials and tribulations has just recently been released in hardback by the puiblisher.

mr. lajoie’s intuition, investigative acumen, knowledge base, worldwide contacts, dedication to client, and incredible work ethic has earned him the sterling reputation as one of the most successful and effective contemporary private investigators in the united states. respected criminal defense attorney peter l. ettenberg wrote what follows to lajoie after a high profile homicide trial in which lajoie was the lead defense investigator:

“i want you to know that one of the reasons we put up the fight we did was due to your dogged efforts. you never gave up. you never got discouraged. if a roadblock appeared, you found a way around it. you took a great load off my mind by not having to "think of everything." we're a pretty good team together and i'm grateful for that. i can't tell you how much i appreciate your thoughtful analysis of issues dealing with the investigation and how it all ties together. you clearly are a great pi!! i look forward to many more years slugging it out in the trenches with you.”

lajoie was born and raised in worcester , massachusetts and now lives in sterling with his wife, susan, and their three children. mr. lajoie’s current curriculum vitae.

susan j. lajoie (director/sr. investigator)

the director/ sr. investigator at lajoie investigations, inc. is an extremely experienced investigative case file manager and administrative professional. mrs. lajoie also conducts all inside investigations, preliminary investigations on surveillances, background checks, asset checks, locate investigations, et cetera. mrs. lajoie has a knack for locating individuals, witnesses, claimants, insurers, and generally anybody she is requested to find. she is an expert computer database information retriever and provides all preliminary information on numerous types of investigations. her report management style has been complimented by various clientele and she has appeared in local and regional news media. company management and field investigators alike consider mrs. lajoie the pulse of lajoie investigations, inc.

accounts and finance manager of lajoie investigations, inc. is well known for her telephone skills amongst our unique clientele. she has been praised for her soft touch concerning accounts and client financial management and is responsible for maintaining superior relations with all existing clients.

jessica gearin (sr. field investigator)

jessica gearin came to work for lii in 2003 and to say that she has made a substantial impact with clients and her fellow employees would be an understatement. level headed and extremely affable, jessica is a top of the line investigator with over ten years of investigative experience.  she came to lii from another agency and has been producing with great results ever since. in addition to investigating complicated death investigation, criminal defense cases, and sensitive corporate due diligence matters, jessica’s forte’ is siu and liability insurance investigation in the boston metro, lowell, and lawrence districts, tough areas known for insurance fraud.  ms. gearin's matter of fact professional style and wide smile compliment her investigative talents in such a way that even a critical adversary ends up liking her.  and the clients love her, as well as the effective results of her investigations that are documented in her superior reporting style.  originally from connecticut , jessica lives in massachusetts and is a member of a number of professional associations.

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news flash - local private investigator elected president of licensed private detectives association of massachusetts. (lpdam) read the press release here

news flash - john lajoie interviewed by michael kane of the west boylston / boylston banner. read the article here

news flash - after delivering a powerful presentation at the mgm grand in las vegas,
john lajoie sold 62 autographed copies of his new book, trials and tribulations of a real life private eye.

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news flash - rave reviews for trials and tribulations of a real life private eye, by john m. lajoie.

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