n. investigator; one, usually of police force, who investigates crimes and obtains evidence
Yes, I know as a detective you are not at liberty to make promises off-hand, but my case is a very peculiar one.
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I liked better some American detective stories which were traversed from time to time by unkempt fierce and beautiful girls.
Gregson and Lestrade seemed to be far from satisfied by this assurance, or by the depreciating allusion to the detective police.
A Study In Scarlet By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
Lestrade and I walked behind him, the detective indifferent and contemptuous, while I watched my friend with the interest which sprang from the conviction that every one of his actions was directed towards a definite end.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
The candle was relit, and there was our wretched captive, shivering and cowering in the grasp of the detective.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
But she came out of it unwillingly, and when Kennicott was satisfied that he had corrected all her worries and had opened a magazine of saffron detective stories, she sat upright.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis Context
He said that he was a detective, and he offered me two guineas if I would do exactly what he wanted all day and ask no questions.
The Hound of the Baskervilles By A. Conan Doyle Context
In encounters with guards and patrols he displayed the keenness of a detective and the valor of a gamin.
The Red Badge of Courage By Stephen Crane Context