He is a trial lawyer practicing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is the author of numerous mysteries & non-fiction works. He graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1976. While at Harvard, he served on the Board of Editors of the Harvard Law Review. Before going to Harvard, Bowen graduated summa cum laude from Rockhurst College, a small jesuit college in Kansas City, Missouri. He received a bacherlor's degree in History. Bowen lives with his wife, Sara Armbruster Bowen (also a Harvard Law School graduate), & their three younger children in Fox Point, a suburb of Milwaukee.