The Nation: Supersleuthing: Fair Means or Foul

Need to check out a job applicant? Get rid of some electronic bugs? Find out about the extracurricular activities of a wandering mate? Look into a credit rating? Nick Beltrante—a remarkably active private eye—may be your man.

A stocky fellow with curly red hair, Beltrante, 49, runs Investigations, Inc., his own twelve-person detective agency, out of Alexandria, Va. He is just as proud of the autographed pictures of George McGovern and Gerald Ford on the wall as he is of the electronic tools of his sometimes esoteric trade. It was he who debugged the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate after...

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