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This book won't tell you how to change your identity and escape the authorities, your debts, unplanned parenthood or a s***ty marriage. The author makes it clear several times : they do not advocate breaking the law, and changing identities in this computerized era is both more difficult and riskier than just assuming your mistakes.
That being said, for people who need to not be found because you're followed by a stalker or actual criminals, this is the book about getting away, in a pretty legal way, from anyone who would do you harm ; also for those who just don't like the idea of big companies having so much intel about their lives, this may seem like a lot of work, but some will see the value.
The authors take their experience as modern "bounty hunters" and tell you the usual pitfalls that made them so good at their job in their heydays. Assume obviously that methods change and they change quickly ; do not assume this book will tell you everything. A solid start, though, and makes you realize just how easy it is to screw up a carefully planned escape.
I bought this book on a lark, and had a great time reading it. There are some very compelling reasons, I’ve now discovered, to at least minimize our profile online. The anecdotes were very entertaining and the how-to details were great.
I loved this book. I bought it because it looked interesting and reading the synopsis, it sounded like fun. It was both of those things. It was also obvious that the authors knew what they were talking about.
I loved the 'tongue in cheek' writing style. The book was informative, engaging, entertaining and just plain fun.
What I learned from reading it ... if I ever tried to disappear I'd be found within a week. lol
An entertaining read with stories of a skip tracer and how he would pretext people to find those in hiding. The information in this book is about 10 years out of date, but I bought it for the stories anyway.
Mr. Ahearn's first advice is if you really are planning to disappear, don't buy this book with a traceable credit card or online account. If you're looking for a cracking good read with great stories from the adventures of skip-tracing, that is also amazingly well-written (how long has it been since you've seen the word "panache" used in a sentence properly?), this is the book for you. Not only that, Mr Ahearn sounds like he's sitting in front of you in a restaurant or a tavern somewhere, spinning his yarns. I highly recommend this as a great read.