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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 Jimmy the Wags: Street Stories of a Private Eye, published by William Morrow (1999) and wrote the screenplay (movie rights sold). A sequel, My Life in the NYPD: Jimmy the Wags, was published by Onyx (2002).  Mala Femina: A Woman’s Life as the Daughter of a Don, was published by Barricade Books (2003). His short story, The Prince of Arthur Avenue, published in the anthology Bronx Noir, Akashic Books (2007), was included in a list of "Other Distinguished Mystery Stories of 2007” in the Best American Mystery Stories anthology, co-edited by George Pelecanos and Otto Penzler. It has been made into a film by Knight Vision Productions and released in 2011. He is also a regular contributor of short fiction to Hardboiled Magazine and other publications. 

Picciarelli, a former U.S. Army machine gunner in Vietnam, spent 20 years in the NYPD, retiring as a lieutenant. He is currently licensed as a private investigator.

He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and an M.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, where he is now an adjunct professor in the graduate writing program, in addition to being an instructor of criminal justice at California University of Pennsylvania. He is the recipient of the coveted PAGS award, recognized by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for outstanding graduate-level scholarship

Academic Department(s)

  • Department of Criminal Justice

Academic Program(s)

  • B.S. Criminal Justice