The author, Warren R. B. Dixon, was born in Detroit on Warren Avenue in 1926. That street and his mother’s admiration for the then recently deceased infamous President Warren G. Harding gave Dixon his first name. The author grew up in Kentucky and Ohio. He served in the Pacific as a submariner in WWII. Following a ragtag interval of business struggles, student adventures, and the usual youthful indiscretions, Dixon had a forty-year run as economics professor and administrator in academia. In retirement, this is his sixth novel. When not wandering, he lives in the Champlain Valley, well inland from Plattsburgh. When not writing, he spends time with Schubert’s lieder or Leila Josefowicz’s violin or just staring into space, wishing he could write like Hilary Mantel.