The Samaritan benefited enormously from scores of talented people who guided me through the writing process and beyond. What initially began as a solitary endeavor quickly evolved into a team effort.
Special thanks to Harrison Demchick, a gifted editor and extraordinarily patient gentleman, who not only did most of the heavy editorial lifting but taught me to be a better writer. Vicki Rohl and Adam Marsh, who routinely dropped everything in their lives to read, review and fix another updated manuscript. Jim Lalley, Geri Moog, Peggy Quinn, Rick Ohler, Barbara Dolan, Stephen Hurtubise, George Nedeff, John Maloney, Joe and Georgette Plukas, and Amy Kimmel for reading early drafts and offering assistance, insight and much needed direction. Thank you to Bill Thompson, past Doubleday editor, for his wisdom, continuous support, encouragement and friendship.
Retired Congressman Jack Quinn for his view of the DEA and the United States intelligence agencies; Attorney Anthony DiFilippo IV; Michael Bastine and Mad Bear for their insight into Native American heritage, specifically the Seneca Nation of Indians; Bob McCarthy, columnist for the Buffalo News; Earl “Bud” Besecker, retired parole board member at the Attica Correctional Facility; Arthur “Deke” Buchanan, retired U.S. Navy, for his view of the military in general and the CIA in particular; Euell Tritt for his expertise on weapons; Richard Plukas for clarifying the United States Constitution, and the wonderful employees at the Orchard Park library and East Aurora library. Mark Palascak, Carol Jason Nigrelli and Judy Loesch Holden for marketing/promotion advice. Orchard Park Policeman Patrick McLaughlin; Samantha Newland, Michelle Zurowski, Pete Viger, Doug Ford, Kateri Ewing, and Kevin Besecker for their technical support. To Bruce Bortz, who put everything together at Bancroft Press.
Finally, to the International Thriller Writer’s Association, ASJA, and their community of supportive writers, along with best selling authors James Rollins, Andrew Gross, Brian Haig, Joseph Finder, Gregg Hurwitz, Brad Meltzer, Harlan Coben, James Grippando, and Brad Parks for sharing their writing and life experiences.
Posted Tuesday, May 14th, 2013