Patrick Picciarelli is the author of Jimmy the Wags: Street Stories of a Private Eye, published by William Morrow (April 1999) and wrote the screenplay (movie rights sold). A sequel, My Life in the NYPD: Jimmy the Wags, was published by Onyx (March 2002). Mala Femina: A Woman’s Life as the Daughter of a Don, was published by Barricade Books in June 2003. He is also a regular contributor of short fiction to Hardboiled Magazine. His short story, The Prince of Arthur Avenue, in Bronx Noir (Akahic Books) was mentioned as a Distinguished Mystery Story in Best American Mystery Stories 2008. 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 BA and MA degrees in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and an MA 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 assistant professor 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.