No project of this magnitude happens in isolation, and like all of us, I stand on the shoulders of the giants of my formative years; my loving parents, my tolerant siblings, my magnificent teachers, and my civic forbears.
Special thanks are due to my editor, Linda Lindenfelser, and to early readers of the manuscript, who have given selflessly of their time and talents in helping to polish the rough-hewn edges, including John Stemen, Alan Stewart, Jessica Gogolski, Alan McReynolds, Kate Kressman-Kehoe, and Sondra Witt.
I have benefited immensely from the generosity of a number of colleagues who have assisted me in various ways during the preparation of this novel. These include Mac and Beth McCorkle, Reza Sattari and Jila Kilantari, Barb Glassman, Seth Stearns, Dave Moore, and Kevin Witt.
I am humbled by the generosity and kindness of the members of Stillwood Study Center, without whom I would be a different, lesser man; impoverished of substance, bereft of soul, and lacking friendship in this topsy-turvy world.
Finally, I am forever indebted to my wife Bronwen for her indefatigable encouragement, her love and support, her sharp eyes and sharper wit, and her ceaseless interest in “plots and plans and commiseration.” My children, Ariana and Charles, are the lifeblood of my creative inspiration, and the reason I greet each new day with gratitude and hope.