Author Bio

Philip Becnel at the Gaithersburg Book Festival in Maryland

Philip Becnel

I was born in San Francisco and raised in Cotati, California, but I spent my formative years in New Orleans and then Northern Virginia. I now live in Washington, D.C., where I've been a private detective for almost twenty years. 


Freedom City, an homage to The Monkey Wrench Gang set in post-Trump America, is my debut novel, but some years ago I published two nonfiction books about investigating: Introduction to Conducting Private Investigations and Principles of Investigative Documentation. I've also published articles in a variety of legal and popular journals, including Time Magazine. 


I have a magnificent partner and two precocious teenagers.