STEVE HODEL is a New York Times Bestselling author. He spent twenty-four years with the LAPD, where, as a homicide detective, he worked on more than three hundred murder cases and achieved one of the highest “solve rates” in the force. He is a licensed P.I. and author and his first book, Black Dahlia Avenger: A Genius for Murder was a NYT bestseller and was nominated for an MWA Edgar Award in the Best Fact category. Steve has written seven additional books: Most Evil, a Los Angeles Times bestseller and the recently published, Black Dahlia Avenger II, [2014], a sequel and an eight-year follow-up to his true-crime investigations. Most Evil II, BDA III, and most recently, The Early Years Parts I and II, presenting his father's suspected serial crimes in the 1920s and 30s. Steve will be presenting two separate PowerPoint talks summarizing his findings. His investigations, now in their twenty-second year, have been featured on: NBC Dateline, CBS 48-Hours, Court TV, A&E Bill Kurtis, Cold Case Files, CNN Anderson Cooper and the Discovery Channel. A potential docuseries is in production. Steve currently (2022) resides in Birch Bay, Washington.

Other Works

  • The Early Years Parts I and II: The Further Serial Crimes of George Hill Hodel M.D.

  • In The Mesquite: The Solving of the 1938 West Texas Kidnap Torture Murders of Hazel and Nancy Frome

  • Most Evil II: (Rare Bird Books )

  • Black DahliaAvenger II

  • A Genius for Murder: A Historical Dramatization in Three Acts

  • MOST EVIL: Avenger, Zodiac and the Further Serial Murders of Dr. George Hill Hodel (Dutton 2009)

  • Black Dahlia Avenger: A Genius for Murder


Awards and Recognition

  • New York Times Bestseller
  • International Best Seller
  • New York Times Most Notable Book
  • New York Times bestselling author. Nominated for MWA Edgar in True Fact category.
  • Black Dahlia Avenger
  • Los Angeles Times Bestseller