Allison Mathis is a public defender in Aztec, New Mexico. She is also a book snob, a wine equal-opportunist, a good cook and a bad singer. She collects teapots, witty intellectuals, and mugshots of famous people. Before she was a lawyer, she was a cake decorator, aspiring literary critic, and superlative diner waitress. She has practiced law in New Mexico, Texas and Micronesia. She lives in a yurt in the San Juan mountains with her husband, Mike, and her darling daughter, Julia, who is named after Julius Caesar.