John A. Hoda is a former Police Officer, Insurance Fraud Investigator and for the past 25 years has run a successful Private Investigations business. Many of his cases made the headlines of the Philadelphia Inquirer and the New Haven Register. He graduated in 1975 with a B.S. in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Odessa on the Delaware was released in January 2019 introducing FBI Agent Marsha O’Shea with 5-star reviews. The Marsha O’Shea series was published in December 2020. John was a judge for the Shamus award, sat as a panelist and was feted as a debut novelist at the Mystery Writer’s Association in 2019 in Dallas, TX.
He is the show runner of the My Favorite Detective Stories podcast, He interviews best-selling and award-winning Crime Fiction writers. Guests have included Joseph Wambaugh, Steve Berry, Robert Dugoni, Sheldon Siegel and Lisa Gray.
He has written numerous articles for PI Magazine and other publications and has created the DVD: The Ultimate Guide to Taking Statements. He is a frequent guest blogger and webinar presenter on Investigative Interviewing.
John has sat on the boards of the both the National Association of Legal Investigators and the CT Assoc. of Licensed Private Investigators. He is a Certified Legal Investigator and a Certified Fraud Examiner.
He answered the writing muse in 2013 with his debut novel: Phantasy Baseball It is a story of an average Joe that though luck and circumstance get a one in a million chance to play in the Major Leagues.
Through the years, He told his stories about his latest cases over coffee, at parties or at dinner engagements. Told repeatedly to write them down, he finally did with Mugshots: My Favorite Detective Stories.