Clinton McKinzie grew up in Santa Monica, California and now calls Denver, Colorado his home. Prior to becoming a writer, he worked as a deputy district attorney in Colorado's Arapahoe and Douglas Counties. As a criminal prosecutor, he had the opportunity to see the American justice system in its many facets, good and bad. Prior endeavors included being a surf bum, lifeguard, chauffeur, ski instructor, vagabond climber and saloon bouncer (probably Wyoming's smallest, he says).

After leaving Santa Monica High School with vague dreams of becoming a professional surfer, and after several years of wandering on three continents with his surfboard tucked under his arm, Clinton graduated from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi and then from the University of Wyoming's College of Law. Additional schooling involved an eclectic array of institutions, including Boston College, World College West, Santa Monica College and Paris' Cité Universitaire.

Aside from his wife and sons, Clinton's primary passion is for steep mountainsides, which he is fond of assaulting with ropes or skis. He learned the meaning of the expression feeding the rat after he arrived in Laramie, Wyoming in the midst of a July 4th snowstorm and became addicted to getting a lot of air beneath his heels on cliffs - first at Vedauwoo, then the Tetons and elsewhere in the Rocky Mountain west - locales that appear in his books. He always has enjoyed extending the rope to friends so that they can share the thrill.

Among Clinton's other interests are reading everything he can get his hands on, scuba diving, mountain biking, camping, snow skiing and fly fishing. His dislikes include avalanches, smelly climbing partners, sharks, thieving marmots and cold nights spent hanging from dubious anchors.

At the end of 1999, Clinton took a leave of absence from his job as a criminal prosecutor and spent six months honing a first novel that combined the drama of the courtroom with the primal thrill of rock climbing. In the summer of 2000 he signed with book agent John Talbot of New York. Within weeks he had a 2-book deal with Random House. Soon came another 2-book contract with the same publisher. Clinton recently signed a contract for the publication of more Antonio Burns novels.

The Edge of Justice was released in May 2002. Point of Law, a prequel to The Edge of Justice, was released in April 2003. Trial by Ice and Fire appeared on bookstore shelves in July 2003. The fourth Antonio Burns novel, Crossing the Line, was released in April 2004 and Badwater was released in April 2005 - with more novels forthcoming. Clinton has other fiction and non fiction projects on the drawing board.

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