CLARISSA McNAIR, the founder and publisher, is a former journalist and a writer. Born in Mississippi, she graduated from Briarcliff College in New York with a B.A. degree in American history.


In Toronto, she was a researcher for CBC-TV working solely on the documentary, Connections, which won every award possible. The documentary on organized crime was given a standing ovation in the Canadian Parliament. In Rome, McNair was the weekend newscaster for WROM-TV and worked six days a week for Vatican Radio. At the Vatican, she was a news writer and on-air news reader, and produced documentaries with special emphasis on the Third World.

While writing her first novel, she was in charge of international publicity for a Los Angeles film company. Garden Of Tigers was published in London by Century Hutchinson which later became Random Century. The U.K. paperback was published by Granada. A very badly edited version was published in the U.S. by New American Library and renamed Red Roses, White Lies.

While living in Geneva, McNair wrote A Flash Of Diamonds which was published in hard and soft cover by St. Martin’s Press in New York. The Spanish publisher Martinez Roca published a Spanish translation in Barcelona.

To keep these novels in print, they were scanned by iUniverse. They are now being reissued by FEDORA PRESS.

In the early 90s, McNair moved from Geneva to Beverly Hills and worked in all aspects of film. In 1994, she was living in New York City and decided to become a private detective. This has meant involvement in all sorts of cases including undercover for the FBI, for the Joint Terrorist Task Force and for the Organized Crime Intelligence Division of the NYPD. In 2004, in Miami, she founded her own firm called Green Star Investigations. Her cases, including missing persons, stolen art recovery, and homicide, have led her all over the world.

Detectives Don't Wear Seatear Belts, a memoir, was published in September 2009, by Center Street, Hachette. In January 2011, FEDORA PRESS published Never Flirt With A Femme Fatale. Kiss the Risk was published in Paris in 2013.

McNair lived in Paris from December of 2011 to 2015 and in Rome for the past year. She has her own radio show on World Radio Paris called Basic Black, "vignettes of crime, scandal and death."

Clarissa McNair is a member of The Overseas Press Club and The Foreign Press Association. She was a founding member and vice-president of Pen Florida and is a member of Pen America and the Mystery Writers of America.

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The following letter was written in 2011: