gumshoe gumshoe  /ˈɡəm ˌʃu/


  1. (n) someone who is a detective
  2. (n) a waterproof overshoe that protects shoes from water or snow



  1. He said she hired him as a gumshoe to trail her ex-husband around the country and dig up anything illegal in his life that she could use to get him arrested.
  2. The difference here is that Pynchon finally makes one of those characters a licensed gumshoe, albeit one with an incongruous hippie backstory.
  3. Full of crisp, witty, His Girl Friday exchanges, we follow greenhorn gumshoe Richard Field, newly arrived in Shanghai from Yorkshire.


  • Nose uncovers the world of Cali wine

    First there's steamy sex. Then a mysteriously unmarked bottle of wine shows up on the doorstep of wine critic Clyde Jones. He's smitten; it's the perfect cabernet. Later, his body is discovered stuck in a fermentation tank. There's an ambitious gumshoe reporter, a beautiful widow, a reclusive winemaker, a disgruntled vineyard heiress, a seedy bar called Glass Act. And more sex.
    on June 22, 2013     Source: Isthmus


  1. "I'm not talking about a typical crime novel where a gumshoe detective is trying to solve a murder," says Baldacci. "In a thriller like this, a city disappears or a war is declared or 1,000 people die."
    on Jul 26, 2009 By: David Baldacci Source: NPR

  2. From there, police and prosecutors used "old-fashioned gumshoe detective work" to discover who his accomplices were, Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice said at a news conference with police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey.
    on Jun 17, 2009 By: Kathleen Rice Source: Newsday

  3. "She doesn't google anybody. In those days, there wasn't DNA testing, so she does old-fashioned gumshoe work and uses her wits," Grafton says.
    on Dec 9, 2005 By: Sue Grafton Source: CBS News

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