Jeremiah Francis Healy III was born May 15, 1948, in the New York City suburb of Teaneck, New Jersey. After graduating from Rutgers, he attended law school at Harvard, receiving the Juris Doctor degree in 1973. He then served six years in the U.S. Army Reserve. Like his fictional character Cuddy, Healy rose to the rank of captain of the military police; unlike Cuddy, however, he was never sent oas. After five years with a Boston law firm, Healy spent eighteen years as a professor at the New England School of Law in Boston, an institution founded to promote the legal education and training of women. Married in 1978 to Bonnie M. Tisler, he left teaching in 1995 to become a full-time writer, dividing his time among Boston, south Florida, and a lakeside house in Maine. Over the years, he has lectured extensively on the art and craft of mystery writing and has served on a number of professional organizations for mystery writers.
As the twentieth century drew to a close, Healy began to experiment with other fictional forms, initially with short stories featuring John Cuddy and a legal thriller, The Stalking of Sheilah Quinn (1998), followed by Turnabout (2001), a mystery narrated from the perpetrator’s point of view. In 2001, he launched a new series of legal thrillers under the gender-neutral pseudonym of Terry Devane, featuring the young attorney Mairead (pronounced “Muh-RAID”) O’Clare, her boss Sheldon Gold, and private investigator Pontifico Murizzi, a former police detective. Like the Cuddy mysteries, the O’Clare thrillers are set in Boston, with a strong sense of place; however, they are told from a variety of viewpoints, including that of an omniscient narrator. In 2004, Healy was successfully treated for prostate cancer, an experience recalled at some length in an essay posted on his Web site for the edification of potential future patients.