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Patrick Picciarelli


  • B.A. Criminal Justice: John Jay College
  • M.A. Criminal Justice: John Jay College
  • M.A. Writing Popular Fiction: Seton Hill University


Patrick Picciarelli is the author of the non-fiction books Jimmy the Wags: Street Stories of a Private Eye (William Morrow), the screenplay (movie rights sold), the sequel, My Life in the NYPD: Jimmy the Wags (NAL) and Mala Femina: A Woman’s Life as the Daughter of a Don (Barricade Books). He has also published Blood Shot Eyes, a novel. His short story, The Prince of Arthur Avenue which appeared in Bronx Noir (Akashic Books 2007) has been made into a movie (KnightVision Productions) and was released in 2012. The life rights to his main character in another book, Undercover Cop: The True Story of the Undercover Cop Who Brought Down the Real-Life Sopranos (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, August 2013), has been optioned and green-lighted by Stephen Spielberg (DreamWorks), and will be made into a major motion picture starring Jason Segel.

Picciarelli, a former U.S. Army machine gunner in Vietnam, spent twenty years in the NYPD, retiring as a lieutenant, and is the president of Condor Security & Investigations, Inc. He is also a partner in Balance Point Funding, a company that equalizes litigation funding in divorce actions. He holds both BA and MA degrees in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York and an additional MA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pa.  

Academic Department(s)

  • Department of Criminal Justice

Academic Program(s)

  • B.S. Criminal Justice