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Trials and Tribulations
of a Real Life Private Eye
By John Lajoie

Of those who enter the private investigative profession, very few rise to the very top as
quickly as John Lajoie has done. This book
hands you a goldmine of information and investigation on how he did it!

Softcover, 240 Pages, 5" X 8" $14.95

"If you are interested in knowing how a man from New England came from nowhere, obtained a bank loan to open a private investigative agency and became one of today's most successful and well know private investigators in the USA, then this book is for you!" - Ralph Thomas, NAIS

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When John Lajoie approached a bank for a loan to start his private investigation business in 1989, he had trouble convincing anyone he could turn the operation into a success. Less than two decades later, Lajoie owns one of the largest investigative agencies in central Massachusetts and is regarded as one of the nation’s leading private investigators. Now, in Trials and Tribulations of a Real Life Private Eye, Lajoie tells his story, explaining the decisions and actions that allowed him to turn a struggling one-man operation into a successful agency.

From the details of his work on high-profile homicides cases and as a member of elite criminal defense teams to the death threats and personal struggles that come with success in a dangerous business, Lajoie describes the reality of the world of private investigation as only an expert can.
 
“John Lajoie has produced a truly unique book- a candid portrait of the real world of private investigation, written as only someone with years of success in the business could write it. His memoir balances professional advice with compelling stories of the reality of PI work, and is told with humor and insight.”
 
Michael Koryta, Edgar-nominated author, Tonight I Said Goodbye

 
“Lajoie pulls no punches, spares no one that which they deserve, shares credit with his colleagues, and brings more than a few surprises to the table. Whether you’re in the PI business or not, this is an entertaining and enlightening read.”
 
Don C. Johnson, CLI, CII, Editor, PI Magazine, Journal of Professional Investigators



Mr. Lajoie and famed attorney Marcia Clark share a light moment at the podium
at the private investigator's North East Super Conference in Atlantic City, NJ.

Contents Include

Foreword
Introduction

1. DANGER
Danger in the PI world…Be prepared…Guns, the great myth… John Smith…Death threat…The driving range

2. SILENCE IS GOLDEN
Loose lips sink ships…Rules about talking and listening… Confidentiality…The “bull” fighter…Sources…Mommy dearest… Reputation…Kill ‘em with kindness

3. MESS UP, FESS UP
Mistakes…Face the fire…Truth and trust…Lying… I’m a detective…Deborah Reid…The Framingham Eight… They’ll have to answer…Mug shot… Live and learn

4. MENTORS
Parents…Wife…The Colonel… Karyn MacGillivray… The Master: Lawrence O’Connor… Attorneys ... Investigators… Teachers

5. BUSINESS IS BUSINESS
Molotov cocktail… Formula for business success… Learn how to investigate… The business plan… The bank…Blood, sweat, and tears…Ex law enforcement… Farney and others…Business sense

6. SUCCESS & FAILURE
Standards of success…Goals…Deadlines…Where’s my report…Results and guarantees…PI puppet…Respect… What if and why not

7. SECOND FIDDLE
Disappointment… Disgruntled PI… Second fiddle defined… Check

your ego at the door… Who calls the shots…Make the boss look good 

8. PERSONALITIES
Types and variations… the Speedo… the Magoo… the Sycophant… Lazy Hangman… the Bus Rider… the Professional…

8. TRIALS & TRIBULATIONS
The American way…Winners and losers… Misery…Pure justice… Advocates and parties… Judges…A case settled…Mistakes… Make it better

9. MONEY MATTERS
Millionaires…But for the money… Pricing… Risk… The third rule…Collection… Retainers … Contracts… PC’s and referral fees… Teaming… Bush surveillance… Unwritten PC rules

10.TIME OUT, TIME OFF
Work and fun…Burnout… Vacation…Timeout… Stay on vacation

11. STUDY HALL
Resource period… Schools… Transition and training… BA v. BS… CEC’s… Conferences and seminars… Super Conference… A break from the action

12. AGAINST ALL ODDS
Sisyphus… Hope… the Sisyphus Syndrome… Miracles… A billion to one… Life and death… John DiNapoli… Eddie Morales… The best: Peter L. Ettenberg… Self defense… The confession… Did he know… Eight statements… The investigation… Guilty…Thankful… A no win battle… Defending the indefensible… The Oklahoma bomber… Last chance… High profile cases… H. Ellis Armistead and Timothy McVeigh… 2255… A million pages… Couple of knuckleheads… Fertilizer bomb… 28 attorneys… Consumed… The investigation… A decent guy… Government hate… Bill McVeigh… The execution… Body Receipt… The ride… Cremation… The Backpack… It wasn’t worth it… I’d do it again…Advancing the cause.

13.I NEED A PI
Going to the vet…First time experience… Needs… Necessity of investigation… Who to hire…The local PI… The best… Identify a competent PI… Value… It’s not about you…It’s not about me.

14. A BALANCING ACT
The dream… Sterling Fair… Balance… The tightrope…Focus… The safety net… Time… Quality time… Family time…Work time… Friend time… Alone time… Playtime… Epilogue

Endnotes
Credits and Acknowledgments
Appendix


Photo On The Left:
John Lajoie Presenting Jack Reed The 2002
Julius "Buddy" Bombet Lifetime Achievement Award
(Which He Helped Create) At The 2002 International Private Investigator's Super
Conference In New Oleans. There Was Not A Dry Private-Eye In The Room!

Photo On The Right:
John Lajoie with his award after being presented as
NAIS Investigator Of The Year For 2002
.

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What A Gang! Barbara Maikell-Thomas, John LaJoie, Ralph Thomas
And Cody Woods. John did not know it at the time but he was being nominated
as 2002 NAIS Investigator Of The Year at the time this photo was taken.

About the Author
  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 central 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. He 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. Lajoie was born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts and now lives in Sterling with his wife, Susan, and three children.

Besides Mr. Lajoie's profound success as a private investigative agency, he has been extremely activate in the investigative industry as leader. He has been a CLI (Certified legal Investigator) through the National Association Of Legal Investigators since 1997 and is a four term past regional director of NALI. He is a member of the NALI Executive Council and it's CLI (certification) committee. He is a Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator (CCDI), through the Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council. He is a Certified International Investigator (CII) through the Council of International Investigators. John Lajoie is creator and coordinator of the famous Northeast Investigator Super Conference and has been coordinator of a national conference of The national Association Of Legal Investigators. Mr. Lajoie has been presented the following national awards:

  • 2002-2003 NAIS Investigator of the Year
  • NALI Editor-Publisher Award, NALI, 1997
  • NESC Conference Coordinator Award (1999, 2000, 2003)
  • Reviewing Autopsy Reports and Death Certificates (1999, 2002, 2003)
  • Self Defense Homicide Investigation (1998, 2002)
  • The Homicide Defense of Eddie Morales (2001)
  • Marketing Your Investigative Services On-Line (2001)

John Lajoie is a current member of the following professional investigative associations:

  • National Association of Investigative Specialists (Honorary Life Member)
  • Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council
  • Licensed Private Detectives Association of Massachusetts (Charter Member)
  • Council of International Investigators
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • National Council of Investigative and Security Services
  • Intelligence Investigators Network (INTELNET)
  • Louisiana Private Investigators Association


For more information on Mr. Lajoie visit his website at www.PrivateInvestigator.com.

A Book Excerpt:
   John DiNapoli was a good cop, but a better man.  He was a hero to most who knew him; an icon.  His life was dedicated to helping others. That is until it was cut short by bullets one cold, gray December morning in Holyoke, Massachusetts. It was 1999 and just three days before Christmas. The community was shocked. The manhunt was on.  And, boy, was it a manhunt. A twenty-one year veteran cop had been gunned down while on the way to run an errand. Officer DiNapoli didn’t know what hit him just before his life ended.  He didn’t have to die.  At least not like this. Ten bullets riddled his white unmarked Crown Vic. Five bullets hit the officer; one shattered his aorta.  He never had a chance.

   And neither did Eddie Morales. He knew what he did. And as he had done throughout his life to avoid responsibility, he ran.  He didn’t know any better. Eddie Morales had been running since he was a child.  The twenty seven year old from Arroyo, Puerto Rico was a product of the environment in which he knew and grew; one that was void of direction, love, proper parenting, and discipline; one that was full of neglect, anger, desperation, and crime; and one that involved drugs and guns. But guns don’t kill people; people kill people...Why?  I’ll bet the family of John DiNapoli asks why each and every day. I know I do. I can’t stop asking why!  Perhaps it’s because I keep searching for an answer that can’t be found.

  It was about 9:00 a.m. on December 22, 1999 when Police Officer John DiNapoli responded to a disturbance call at the intersection of Sargeant and Walnut Streets in Holyoke, MA. DiNapoli was on his way back to the police station after dropping another officer off at Juvenile Court when he decided to take the call. Because he was assigned to administrative duty at the Holyoke Police Station, DiNapoli was in plain clothes, unarmed, and without vested protection. Although his unmarked vehicle had police lights above the rear view mirror and a siren, DiNapoli never activated them; no one knows why. After chasing Morales with the unmarked white car about three hundred fifty yards through an alley and into an intersection, Eddie Morales emptied a 9mm semi automatic handgun through the front windshield of the car fatally wounding John DiNapoli. And then he ran….

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