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 runs her own private detective agency, GREEN STAR INVESTIGATIONS. Her firm handles all sorts of cases including missing persons, intellectual property, stolen art recovery and homicide.

McNair's nonfiction books are written under the name Cici McNair, P.I.

Detectives Don't Wear Seat Belts is 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.  McNair's newest book, 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.

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 Rhode Island to Texas and back again; she has spoken at private clubs and at bookstores from Ontario to Geneva.

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 Overseas Press Club,  Mystery Writers of America and was a founder and vice president of Pen Florida.  Her memoir, Detectives Don't Wear Seat Belts, has been optioned for a TV series.

The author now lives in Paris where she is writing a novel.