A Second Career as a Private Investigator: Background information when reading Down the River unto the Sea

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Down the River unto the Sea

by Walter Mosley

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Down the River unto the Sea by Walter Mosley
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    Feb 2018, 336 pages
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    Feb 26, 2019, 336 pages

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A Second Career as a Private Investigator

This article relates to Down the River unto the Sea

Private InvestigatorIn Walter Mosley's crime novel, Down the River Unto the Sea, the protagonist, Joe King Oliver, is a former NYC police detective who starts his own private investigative agency as a follow up career. In real life this choice is not uncommon.

Due to the generally early retirement opportunities within most public law enforcement departments, many police officers can retire as much as twenty years younger than civilians in the private sector. At such a relatively young age many, if not most, will pick up a second career. Options are varied for people with law enforcement training and experience, including but not limited to work as security guards, insurance investigators, armed guards, paramilitary or private detectives either under the umbrella of a large agency or opening one's own agency.

PoliceThere is a lot to consider while looking at the options. Former police officers may want to think about what their strengths were. Did they enjoy one aspect of their job over another, ...

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