More so than the cases themselves, this book is about the people I have met throughout this strange and unique career path. Some have changed my life in profound ways, some have transitioned from clients to friends, a few have tried to kill me, and some I would just as soon forget. But a desire to help people is the fundamental reason for what I have chosen to pursue as a profession. And the reason for writing this book is the hope that, by sharing my experiences, my successes and my failures, my insight, as well as the mistakes I have made along the way, I am able to reach and help others whose paths I may have never otherwise crossed. The question I continue to ask during this journey is the one I have asked myself numerous times throughout my life. What are we here to do?
This collection of stories chronicles some of the most interesting, comical, and bizarre cases from my career. But it is also an exploration of my faith journey and how that brought me to the path I am currently navigating. The desire to help others led me to the work that I do, but my faith in Jesus has literally saved my life and lifted me out of the pit of grief and despair. My intention is to provide a message of hope and show that through helping other we help ourselves heal. I endeavored to make the content entertaining, but it is my sincere hope that something in one of the stories may help change your perspective in a meaningful way. Whether that be in opening your heart and mind to the contemplation of your faith, or simply just getting involved in helping other people in whatever way you are able. As crazy as it has been, I love what I do and I hope that comes across on these pages.
-Frank Ciatto, the Palm Beach P.I.