I spent the first fifty years of my life reading-and I read mostly crime fiction. I eagerly awaited the newest Travis McGee, Lew Archer, Spencer, Inspector Wexford, Kinsey Milhone, Inspector Morse. I would like to thank the people in this room tonight and all of their predecessors for giving me so many hours of sheer joy. I never thought to be in a room with you. Thank you.
I would also like to thank Jason Pinter for taking a chance with a writer of such advanced years. I want to thank my husband and children for giving me support at an age when I should be giving it to them. Thanks to Dan Conaway for serving as my unofficial agent, to Clair Lamb for helping me to shape this book, to Shell Hensleigh for helping me with the photography, and to Mark Glenn for his help on how Detroit Police function, to Sandra Scoppettone, Ed Gorman, Anca Vlasopolos, Bryon Quertermous, and Dennis James for urging me on when I was ready to give up. Thanks to all the editors of zines. magazines, and anthologies that published the stories I wrote for the first ten years. And especially thanks to Brian Lindenmuth for publishing the two ebooks. The panel chair at the Edgars asked if I could see an evolution in my writing and indeed, I can. Yet these gracious editors put those early stories into print, giving me courage to continue writing.
And thanks to the people of Detroit for providing me with such a rich landscape. The Detroit of 2008 no longer exists but it made (thank goodness) but it make fertile ground for a novel.