Biography

Lisa Black

I spent the happiest five years of my life in a morgue. Strange, perhaps, but true. After 10 years as a secretary, I went back to school to get a degree in biology in order to work as a forensic scientist at the Cuyahoga County Coroner’s Office. There I analyzed gunshot residue on hands and clothing, hairs, fibers, paint, glass, DNA, blood, and many other forms of trace evidence, and went to crime scenes.

I had my life sorted out just the way I liked it until my husband got fed up with the snow in Cleveland, Ohio, and moved us to Florida, 1,400 miles away from my family and my career. Not that I'm bitter or anything. Now I am a forensic specialist for the city of Cape Coral, Florida, police department, working mostly with fingerprints and crime scenes.

I've lectured at writer’s conventions and appeared on news programs. In my life as a writer, I'm a member of Sisters In Crime, the SIC Guppies, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers. In the other half of my life as a forensic specialist, I'm a member of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists, the International Association for Identification, and the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts, and I'm certified by the American Board of Criminalistics. I have had over 741 hours of instruction in forensic topics and have testified in over 50 criminal trials.

Lisa Black

Books by Lisa Black

by Lisa Black - Fiction, Thriller

It begins with the kind of bizarre death that makes headlines --- literally. A copy editor at the Cleveland Herald is found hanging above the grinding wheels of the newspaper assembly line, a wide strap wrapped around his throat. Forensic investigator Maggie Gardiner has her suspicions about this apparent --- and when the evidence suggests murder, Maggie has no choice but to place her trust in the one person she doesn’t trust at all. Jack Renner is a killer with a conscience, a vigilante with his own code of honor. In the past, Jack has used his skills and connections as a homicide detective to take the law into his own hands, all in the name of justice. He has only one problem: Maggie knows his secret. She insists he enforce the law, not subvert it. But when more newspaper employees are slain, Jack may be the only person who can help Maggie unmask the killer --- even if Jack is still checking names off his own private murder list.

by Lisa Black - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

In this fourth novel in Lisa Black’s captivating suspense series, forensic investigator Theresa MacLean finds herself embroiled in a case in which everyone has a motive and everyone is a suspect --- especially when high-powered defense attorneys start turning up dead.