Neal Griffingrew up in Wisconsin and wanted to be a cop ever since he was a kid. His education consisted of a bachelors degree from California State University, San Marcos and the invitational FBI training program at the National Academy at Quantico. Griffin spent 8 years serving in the Marines before landing a job as a cop in Southern California.
During his career in law enforcement, Griffin has worked as a patrol cop, field training officer, SWAT member, Hostage Negotiator, Narcotics Investigator, Gang Enforcement Specialist, and Homicide Unit Supervisor. He has twice earned the distinction of Officer of the Year and currently holds the rank of Detective Lieutenant.
Griffin's desire to become a cop was kindled by his childhood exposure to crime fiction, and likewise, he has used his experience on the job as inspiration for his own contribution to the genre. His first novel, Benefit of the Doubt was published in 2015 and he has since published two more novels.
Griffin and his family currently live San Diego County, and they also spend a great deal of time in rural Wisconsin.