From the Author
What do you saywho do you thankin your first published novel? If Philippe gave me an entire chapter for it, Im not sure I could say everything I want to. So, in brief, or as brief as I can, heartfelt thanks: To Ryan, Ron, Gary, both Jasons, Jamie, and Jerel, who gamed with me for many a year and encouraged me to write if thats what I wanted to do. To my mother, Carole, for all the mother-type reasons. To my sister, Naomi, for brutal (and ultimately helpful) honesty. To my wife, George, for patience above and beyond the call. To Philippe Boulle, for encouraging what was good and helping correct what waswell, less good. To Professor Robisson (who will never see this and wouldnt remember me anyway, but Im doing it because I told him I would), for being honest and for being wrong.
All of these, and many more, mean more to me than I can say. But as this is my first published novel, theres one that really needs special attention.
To my father, Howard, who taught me even from childhood that stories come from somewhere. That they dont have to end when the credits roll or the cover closes. Without him, and the lessons he taught without (I think) ever realizing he was teaching, God knows what Id be doing right nowbut it wouldnt be writing.