Many friends have been part of a long-running exploration of the themes of this novel. To preserve their privacy, I would like to thank them obliquely by place rather than by name: Starwood, Otter Creek Park, Heartstone, Windshadow, Hotel California.
The following people graciously answered questions in their areas of expertise or previewed portions of the work in progress:
Arlene E. Bradford, University of Michigan Office of Continuing Medical Education
Cindee Hayes, Briarcliffe Apartments
Colleen, Village Green of Ann Arbor
Dr. Rob Allen, USAF
Eve Madsen, University of Michigan Department of Biology
Michael J. Tines, Assistant Manager, Huron Towers
Dr. Michael A. Kron, Associate Professor of Medicine, Michigan State University
Villy Somthida, California Alumni Association
Susan Carpenter, University of Michigan Department of Neuroscience
and the GEnie gang, R.I.P.
The following professional allies made other invaluable contributions to the writing of this book:
Russell Galen, Scovil Chichak Galen Literary Agency
Betsy Mitchell, Tom Dupree, Michael Shohl, and Juliet Ulman, Bantam Spectra
Special thanks to my wife, Gwen, for her unwavering love and support, and to my children, Matt, Amanda, and Gavin, for helping make the future something to look forward to.