Book Review: Sleuth: Tales of a Private Eye by R.L. Lesnick

This book includes my struggle to get into the business without the required licensing qualifications. It includes nine chapters containing dozens of my more colorful cases in various parts of the country; some hilarious, some tragic, some dangerous, and some highly illegal. (The statute of limitations has passed.) These cases include bitter custody battles and divorce cases, insurance fraud, employee theft, the Castellanos hit by John Gotti with NBC news, drug dealers with NBC news, various surveillances, crossing the line with illegal wiretaps, perks of the job and more. Sleuth provides the reader with incredible firsthand insight into the private investigative business which I believe, you, the reader will find fascinating and entertaining. With almost three decades of investigative experience, my story and case studies make this book quite unique. But there is much more to the story.


My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I don’t read a lot of nonfiction but I’m really glad I accepted this book to review. It is so interesting! Bob was a PI for many years and he recounts cases from those days. His writing is straightforward, even blunt, and told with humor. This is a book that I’m not only recommending to my readers, but to friends and family who don’t read a lot.

There were several cases that I found interesting, so I thought I’d list a couple favorites:

A woman wanted Bob to find her husband with a stripper she knew he was still seeing. She wanted him to let her know when he found him. When he did, she came to the strip club, beat up her husband, then jumped up and down on his Mercedes.

There was an insurance fraud case involving busses, passengers, doctors, and lawyers. A big case that left me shaking my head.

Some of the people in these cases are unbelievable. In fact, at the end of several chapters, he writes, “How do these people find me?”

The author also had a decked out surveillance van. He ended up helping other agencies build their own vans and he helped police and newspeople with surveillance. Some of those stories are exciting! His van has been on several TV shows and one studio even purchased it after he retired.

I definitely recommend Sleuth but be warned: it needs editing.

About the Author

Robert L. Lesnick has been a private investigator for 28 years. He has worked local, national and international cases. He is now retired and working on his golf and pool game. He served in the U.S. Marines from 1964-1970 coming home with all the big parts. He enjoys good single barrel Bourbon; his favorite is Eagle Rare but keeps a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle 15 year around for special occasions.

As a younger man, he was an avid scuba diver in the North Atlantic; although he has dived in many parts of the world.

He lives in New Jersey with his lovely wife, Rina.