MATERA, Lia. American (born Canada), b. 1952. Genres: Mystery/Crime/ Suspense. Career: Writer of murder mysteries. Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, editor-in-chief, until c. 1981; Stanford Law School, teaching fellow, c. early 1980s. Publications: MYSTERY NOVELS. WILLA JANSSON SERIES: Where Lawyers Fear to Tread, 1987; A Radical Departure, 1988; Hidden Agenda, 1987; Prior Convictions, 1991; Last Chants, 1996; Star Witness, 1997; Havana Twist, 1998. LAURA DIPALMA SERIES: The Smart Money, 1988; The Good Fight, 1990; A Hard Bargain, 1992; Face Value, 1994; Designer Crimes, 1995. Author of short stories contributed to anthologies. Address: c/o Simon & Schuster, 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020, U.S.A.