Clarissa McNair, whose nickname is Cici, was born and grew up in Mississippi. She graduated from Briarcliff College in New York with a B.A. in American history.

In Toronto, she worked as a researcher for CBC-TV on a documentary on organized crime. Connections was given a standing ovation in the Canadian Parliament and won every possible award.  In Rome, McNair was a news writer, on-air newscaster, and producer of documentaries for Vatican Radio.  Her main field of interest was the Third World.

While writing her first novel, Garden of Tigers, she was head of international publicity for a Los Angeles film company.  Her second novel, Dancing with Thieves, was written in a fishing village on an island off the coast of Tuscany.  McNair moved to Geneva to write her third novel, A Flash of Diamonds, which dealt with the world of private bankers and the Genevois.

Clarissa McNair has traveled from the Canadian Arctic to Patagonia, from Haiti  to  Hong Kong, from Afghanistan to Cyprus. She has spent time in the Middle East and a year in Africa.  

McNair is a licensed private detective and handles all sorts of cases including missing persons, intellectual property, stolen art recovery and homicide.  See

Detectives Don't Wear Seat Belts is her memoir, the story of why she became a private detective. She has written about her adventures undercover, the men she worked with and some of her cases.  Never Flirt with a Femme Fatale is true tales from her files as a detective and as a journalist. She writes about powerful women, seduction and murder. Kiss the Risk is a novel based on a case which involved the downfall of a New York governor, a man who was seen as a possible candidate for president of the United States. It's told through the eyes of the very expensive call girls he could not resist. Murder, Actually is vignettes of a private detective.

Cici McNair has been a panelist and has given talks at the International Women’s Writing Guild, at Hunter College’s First Annual Writer’s Conference and at the Marymount Manhattan College Writer’s Conference, all in New York City.  McNair has also been an evening lecturer at Marymount Manhattan and has spoken at events sponsored by the New York Public Library and by the Philadelphia Free Library.

Booksignings and speaking events have taken place from Canada to Texas and back again; she has spoken at private clubs and at bookstores from Beverly Hills to Paris.

McNair has been a featured guest on more than 50 radio and television shows all over the United States and in Canada. She is a member of Pen America, the Foreign Press Association, the Overseas Press Club,  Mystery Writers of America and was a founder and vice president of Pen Florida.  

The author is a foreign correspondent for World Radio Paris; she writes and produces Basic Black, vignettes of crime, scandal, and death. The show is broadcast every day in Paris and on the Cote d'Azur. She is a member of the Overseas Press, the Foreign Press Association of the United States, Mystery Writers of America and Pen America.