There may be only seven steps to murder... but luckily the detective - "the gumshoe" - stands ready to climb those steps.
There are two essential items of apparel required to qualify you as a gumshoe... oddly enough, one of them is not gum-soled shoes.
The first is a snappy chapeau. Its common knowledge that the snap brim hat would long have fallen out of fashion if every guy didn't feel a little like a detective when he set one down on his noggin.
(Nobody feels like a detective in a baseball cap).
The other is some type of overcoat, raincoat, sports coat or heavy jacket which you must wear at all times, even indoors and during warm weather.
Why the ever-present outerwear? To hide your nifty shoulder holstered .40 Caliber Beretta, of course!
Because you never know when you might have to plug a bad guy.
See all of today's images at full size in my Crime! Flickr set.