About Patrick

Patrick Hoffman has worked for over a decade as a private investigator, and as an investigator for the San Francisco public defenders office. During his time at the public defenders office he worked in the homicide unit, where he was the investigator in numerous murder trials that resulted in not guilty verdicts. 

Prior to working as an investigator, Hoffman drove a taxi in San Francisco. He was born in San Francisco, but raised in Colorado. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Film Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder.


Hoffman has recently moved to Brooklyn. He's a New York State licensed private investigator and he has started his own private investigation firm specializing in criminal defense and civil rights cases.

His first novel, The White Van  was short-listed for a CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger award, and listed as one of the ten best mysteries of 2014 by the Wall Street Journal, a best book of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle, and one of the 22 best literary debuts by Buzzfeed. His second novel, Every Man a Menace was released in October, 2016, and was also listed as top ten thriller of the year by the Wall Street Journal. 


Articles / Essays / Interviews



GQ - Interview

Buzzfeed - How I Turned My Job As A Public Investigator Into A First Novel

Politico - 60 Second Interview

Topic - Exploring my obsession with female bank robbers

Crimespree - Dopamine Collapse

The Awl - Can James Patterson Teach You How To Write A Bestseller

Publishers Weekly - Q and A

My Bookish Ways - Interview

Large Hearted Boy - Book Notes, a playlist for The White Van

Mystery People - Q and A