John grew up in the Pacific Northwest, attended Washington State University, then moved to Los Angeles where he worked for Dun & Bradstreet and investigated thousands of California businesses. He soon moved to New York and became a stock broker with a major firm on Wall Street. In time, the adverse northeast weather drove him back to Southern California. He joined the Los Angeles Police Department and was variously assigned as a police academy instructor, patrol supervisor, Internal Affairs investigator and member of Chief Daryl Gates’ personal staff. Now retired from the LAPD, he owns and operates a respected private investigation agency.
John holds several U.S. patents, is a licensed general building contractor, licensed private investigator, a private pilot, criminal defense investigator for the Los Angeles County Superior Court panel and a member of Mensa. He has appeared on ABC's 20/20 program as a fraud investigation expert.
John has written two novels, Seasoned Greetings and The Zookeeper. He has also written a non-fiction book, Home & Personal Security.
When not investigating crimes, writing or inventing, John enjoys golf and travel.
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by John Hakala
When a series of attacks against women on her beat are blown off by hardened detectives, Boston police sergeant Traci Ross launches her own investigation. Her instincts tell her something is different about the crimes. Her lieutenant believes otherwise.
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