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The Los Angeles Times once called investigative lawyer Terry Lenzner “one of the most powerful and dreaded private investigators in the world.” In his fifty-year career, Lenzner has worked with politicians, celebrities, governments, and corporations worldwide; with a steadfast commitment to the truth, he has uncovered facts that have shaped policy and influenced major legal battles.

In this captivating memoir, Lenzner speaks about his varied career and high-profile cases for the first time. At the Justice Department in 1964, he investigated the murder of three civil rights workers—an infamous event that inspired the film Mississippi Burning. He led the national Legal Services Program for the poor, prosecuted organized crime in New York, defended peace activist Philip Berrigan, and represented CIA operative Sid Gottlieb. As a counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee, Lenzner investigated Nixon’s dirty tricks and followed the money trail that led to the Watergate burglary and cover-up. He was the first person to deliver a congressional subpoena to a sitting US president. He uncovered cost overruns of the Alaska oil pipeline, helped identify the Unabomber, investigated the circumstances of Princess Diana’s death, and cleared Hugo Chavez of false corruption charges. Lenzner also worked with President Clinton’s defense team during the impeachment hearings.

The Investigator is a riveting personal account: Lenzner astounds with anecdotes of scandal and intrigue, offers lessons in investigative methods, and provides an eye-opening look behind some of the most talked-about media stories and world events of our time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fascinating…[Lenzner is] a great storyteller and shrewd judge of character who tells us—finally—where so many of the important bodies are buried.”

    Jonathan Alter, New York Times bestselling author of The Center Holds

  • “A compelling memoir about a fascinating life.”

    Booklist

  • “Terry Lenzner is unique in combining his life as a brilliant, dogged, energetic, creative, no-holds-barred investigator with a deep and abiding commitment to human and civil rights and liberties.”

    Victor S. Navasky, National Book Award–winning author of Naming Names 

  • “Finally a real private eye tells how it’s done…A fascinating work of history, absorbing and fun to read.”

    Leslie Stahl, former reporter for 60 Minutes

  • “One of Washington’s most in-the-know private eyes spills the beans in this canny memoir…The truth Lenzner unveils, in part through shrewd thumbnails of everyone from John Dean to Kenneth Starr, is more about character and motive—the arrogant delusions that spawn and sustain malfeasance, and the resentments and idealism that spur informants and whistleblowers. The result is a low-key but absorbing study of the hidden impulses behind corruption and scandal.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Lenzner deplores the hyperpartisan tenor of today’s Washington D.C., where ‘all that matters is the spin’…He’s his own man, interested only in ethically gathering and analyzing facts and dedicated solely to uncovering the truth. A spirited recounting of a highly unusual life in the law.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “What can we say about Terry Lenzner, a curious hybrid of Harvard-trained lawyer and dirt-digging Washington private eye? The Investigator [covers] a remarkable fifty-year career with periods of both light and shadow…A time capsule of adventuresome sleuthing [that] traces the contours of U.S. political history.”

    Washington Post

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