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detective work

The act of investigating something. It can be applied to both serious and trivial situations. Nice detective work—I had a feeling Caitlin broke the vase, and now I know for sure. I'm doing my own detective work now, going through security footage to try to see who stole the car.
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Deadline reported that while speaking at TCA earlier this month, Nic Pizzolatto teased a season that could be "much more of a widespread conspiracy thriller, a season that's a smallatown murder mystery, a season where nobody is murdered and it's a master criminal versus a rogue detective or something.
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A deeply religious man who occasionally prays for spiritual help in solving cases, Coffey has spent a career defying the Hollywood stereotype of the hard-edged detective.
The blood of the innocent will be shed unless Detective Lupo can stop the reign of terror?
I was sending detectives out regularly to follow up on these cases and refer them to juvenile authorities for action plans.
The Detective Fiction and Forensics cluster, the subject of our case study here, demonstrates that the shift from old to new paradigms of teaching, like the one that Johnson, Johnson, and Smith lay out in Active Learning: Cooperation in the College Classroom (6-12), is possible not only within one college classroom but also within an interdisciplinary structure.
End-runs around the law were familiar detective genre elements even before such characters were called "detectives.
ID Detective helps by adding ID verification and detailed reporting to their security systems.
The wildly popular film that propelled Jim Carrey to superstardom, Ace Ventura, Pet Detective, is like a scatter-gun, shooting irreverence around indiscriminately, hitting everything in and out of sight.
Minutes later, as the detective began a search of the back yard, he fell into a deep, six-foot-wide sewer pit, used to collect the liquid waste from the slaughterhouse.
It doesn't seem odd that detective stories would be such a hit with a group of academic theologians.
The first detective story was "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" by Edgar Allan Poe, published in April 1841.
Chandler, and Dashiell Hammett two decades earlier, reinvented the detective story with their hard-boiled style, detailing believable events that might happen to actual people.
In 1938, the teen detective came to the screen in the first of four Warner Bros.
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