S. Lee Manning S. Lee Manning spent two years as managing editor of Law Enforcement Communications before realizing that lawyers make a lot more money. A subsequent career as an attorney spanned from a first-tier New York law firm, Cravath, Swaine & Moore, to working for the State of New Jersey, to solo practice. In 2001, Manning agreed to chair New Jerseyans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (NJADP), writing articles on the risk of wrongful execution and arguing against the death penalty on radio and television in the years leading up to its abolition in the state in 2007.
An award winning short story writer, Manning is the author of international thrillers. Her life-long interests in Russia and espionage are reflected in her Kolya Petrov thrillers. Manning is currently working on the second in the Kolya Petrov thriller series, Nerve Attack, coming in July 2021 from Encircle Publications.

​Manning lives in Vermont with her husband and two cats, but frequently visits her daughter Jenny in California and her son Dean in New Jersey.