Time to get back to Dr. Delaware. If I was going to write a bunch more books featuring AD, I needed to know him better. This novel features Alex as the main character rather than as a therapist/detective/foil for other people’s actions and emotions. Always struggling to stretch within the confines of a series, I attempted to create a darker mood – borderline-surreal and reminiscent of the best filmes noir. The success of the book was instant, but marred a bit by my diagnosis of thyroid cancer at age 39. Scanning the latest best-seller list while hospitalized after surgery was a personal dose of surrealism. So was encountering the hospital phlebotomist (needle tech) who assured me she liked my books and would therefore do her best not to hurt me. I got through it, made it home, dragged myself to my office and got to work on another one.

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