10 Books Every Investigator's Library Should Include

“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.” – George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

Posted by Dawn Lomer in on February 28th, 2013

Even the most experienced investigators continue to learn throughout their careers. Every investigation is different and can provide a new nugget of knowledge for the investigator who is open to learning. As expert investigator Don Rabon writes in his current issue of his newsletter, Hamlet’s Mind, “keep asking, keep looking and keep listening. The answer is there.”

With that in mind, I started thinking of some of the great investigation-related books I’ve had the opportunity to read in the course of my job. As a non-investigator writing about investigations, I’ve had a lot to learn, and I continue to keep learning about the fascinating world of investigations, most often from interviews with subject matter experts, but also from the informative and entertaining books written by those with may years of experience in the field, and sometimes by those who have experience on the other side of the investigation relationship.

Here are some of my favorites:

Liespotting, by Pamela Meyer

Interviewing and Interrogation, by Don Rabon and Tanya Chapman

Fraud-Related Interviewing, by Don Rabon and Tanya Chapman

Ethics in Motion, by Justin Paperny

Lessons Learned on Compliance and Ethics, by Tom Fox

Workplace Investigations, by Diane Pfadenhauer

Essentials of Corporate Fraud, by Tracy Coenen

Anatomy of a Fraud Investigation, by Stephen Pednault

Investigations in the Workplace, by Eugene Ferraro

Extraordinary Circumstances, by Cynthia Cooper

What books would you add to this list?



Dawn Lomer
Dawn Lomer

Managing Editor

Dawn Lomer is the managing editor at i-Sight Software and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She writes about topics related to workplace investigations, ethics and compliance, data security and e-discovery, and hosts i-Sight webinars.