Hal Dygert was educated as a geologist. He mapped in the Big Horn Mountains of north-central Wyoming and along the Connecticut River in the south-central part of the state, the setting for an apprentice crime novel. Subsequently, he attended the University of California, Davis, School of Law where he served as an article’s editor for the UCD Law Review. Long employed by the Washington State Attorney General’s Office, he practiced environmental law before taking on supervisory responsibilities. He devotes his available time to writing and fishing, especially for bass, and is President of the Puget Sound Writers Guild in Olympia, Washington.