October 12th, 2013

Beachgrass

Cost of hiring a private detective in 1931

Where: Chicago, USA
When: 1931
Searched for: "private detective fees 1930s", "cost to hire a private detective 1930s", other variations along those lines; also went through the tags here

Frustratingly, I have found every other cost-of-living item I need to know for 1931 fairly easily. There are oodles of information out there on what people paid for food, utilities, rent, etc., what wages were for various occupations with standardized wages, and so forth. But this one plot-necessary item is proving to be elusive. My search terms have returned me lots of information on hiring private detectives in the modern day, or on famous 1930s fictional detectives, none of which is useful.

This is a detective in business for himself rather than working for a big well-known agency, which I assume would make a difference in what he's able to charge.
Books hazy

Death by arrow to the torso

One of my characters (a healthy, athletic man in his mid-thirties) is fatally shot at very short range with a composite bow. I need him to stay alive and mobile for a minute or two - long enough to kill his assailant. He also needs to be able to speak at least one word. After that, however, unconsciousness and death should occur within minutes.

Could I realistically have him shot in the chest or abdomen to bleed out or suffocate, without the arrow being removed? Would a heart shot give him the necessary time before he loses consciousness?

I've googled various variations of "lethal arrow wound", "human shot with arrow", "shot in the lung / heart / abdomen" and so on, and come across extremely conflicting information. (I also didn't know there are so many deer hunters who hunt with a bow and arrow; however, even in the case of deer, there seems to be little consensus over how quickly various shots kill.)