This is for Ruth Chessman, my mother.
And of course, for Joe.
Thank you to the Writer’s Digest team for their insights and guidance, especially those with whom I have worked most closely: publisher Phil Sexton, managing editor Rachel Randall, associate editor Chelsea Henshey, designer Alexis Estoye, copyeditor Kim Cantanzarite, and proofreader Betsy Ballenger.
I also want to acknowledge my fiction editors: executive editor Hope Dellon and associate editor Silissa Kenney from St. Martin’s Minotaur, and editor-in-chief Linda Landrigan from Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. Special thanks go to my literary agent Cristina Concepcion.
I also want to thank Paula Munier for suggesting that I write this book, Jean Galiana ...