inquiry agent

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Noun1.inquiry agent - a private detective
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
private detective, private eye, private investigator, shamus, sherlock, operative, PI - someone who can be employed as a detective to collect information
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Paddy Considine returns as the tenacious private inquiry agent Jack Whicher in The Suspicions of Mr Whicher series.
The previous Whicher films, inspired by real-life Scotland Yard detective Jonathan 'Jack' Whicher, saw Considine's character suffer a breakdown, get pushed out of the police force and pursue a career as a 'private inquiry agent.
05PM NEW The Suspicions of Mr Whicher Paddy Considine, left, returns as Victorian detective Whicher, no longer an inspector for the Met but now a private inquiry agent.
It is almost too horrific to believe that a professional journalist or even a freelance inquiry agent working on behalf of a member of the News of the World staff could behave in this way," she said.