Richard Hoyt graduated from the University of Oregon. After graduating from the U.S. Army Intelligence School in Ft. Holabird, Maryland, he served as a counterintelligence agent then returned to Oregon to earn a master’s degree. A fellow of the Washington Journalism Center, he worked as a Washington correspondent for The Oregonian and other Pacific Northwest newspapers. He later earned a PhD in American studies from the University of Hawaii. Hoyt wrote for both morning and afternoon newspapers in Honolulu and was a stringer for Newsweek magazine. He taught journalism and writing courses at the University of Maryland and Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, before quitting to write novels full-time.
Hoyt is the author of the John Denson mysteries, the James Burlane thrillers and numerous other novels of adventure, espionage and suspense. In researching and writing in more than two dozen countries in Europe, Latin America, and Asia, he has ridden trains across the Soviet Union and riverboats down the Amazon. He now lives in Vancouver, Washington, with his wife Teresita, formerly of Cebu City, Philippines and his daughter Teresa. He has a daughter, Laura, from a previous marriage.