Mistakes Writers Make about PIs and How to Avoid Them with Patrick Hoffman - Episode #127

The Indy Author Podcast

Apr 5 2022 • 49 mins

Patrick Hoffman discusses MISTAKES WRITERS MAKE ABOUT PIs AND HOW TO AVOID THEM. He discusses aspects of PI work, including the fact that a PI’s car is their second home ... the techniques of the in-person cold call ... the ethics of PI work ... the importance of keeping the conversation going and of not taking “no” for an answer ... the fact that crime writers should never rely on “Scooby-Doo” confessions ... dealing with the trauma of PI work ... and how you should never have an interrogation scene set in a dark room.

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Patrick Hoffman has been a private investigator for 17 years. He started his career in San Francisco as a private investigator before becoming an investigator in the homicide unit of the San Francisco Public Defender's office. For the last seven years he's been working on wrongful conviction cases for the New York civil rights firm, Neufeld, Scheck & Brustin. His first three crime thrillers have all been selected as top ten thrillers of the year by the Wall Street Journal, and his second book, EVERY MAN A MENACE was selected as a top ten crime thriller of the past decade by Crimereads. He lives in Brooklyn.