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CCC #17: Lia Matera

Lia Matera

"Dead Drunk"

Lia Matera is the author of twelve crime novels in two series, one featuring politically conflicted lawyer Willa Jansson and the other, high-profile litigator Laura Di Palma. Matera has also published eleven short stories and a novella. A complete list of her books and stories, including audio and foreign editions, is here.

She is a graduate of Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, where she was editor-in-chief of the Constitutional Law Quarterly. She is a member of the California Bar and was a Teaching Fellow at Stanford Law School before becoming a full-time writer.

Two of her novels were nominated for the mystery genre's top prize, the Edgar Allan Poe Award. Three were nominated for the Anthony Award, and two were nominated for the Macavity Award. She was the editor of Irreconcilable Differences, an anthology of twenty original tales by well-known crime writers. A collection of nine of her short stories, Counsel for the Defense and Other Stories, was published by Five Star Press. Lovers and Lawyers, a new ebook collection from Mysterious Press/Open Road Media, includes two additional stories and a novella.

"Dead Drunk," first printed in Scott Turow's Guilty As Charged, won the Private Eye Writers of America Shamus Award for Best Short Story of 1996. Her latest, "Snow Job," in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine (Jan/Feb 2019), was nominated for the International Thriller Writers 2020 Thriller Award.

In December 2022, her short story "The Party" will be published in Edgar and Shamus Go Golden, an anthology of original stories set in mystery's golden age. All are by authors whose previous stories won Edgar or Shamus Awards.

Lia Matera's website

Narrated by Cher Eaves.

CrimeCityCentral #17 podcast November 5th 2012 - podcast length 67 minutes

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