I retired in February of 2012 and live in Mesquite, Nevada. When I was a teenager I read all the James Bond novels by Ian Fleming and thought that some day I would like to write a novel too. In the first year of my retirement I read over 120 books. My favorite authors are Dashiell Hammett and Ernest Hemingway. It was through this experience the idea of writing a novel re-emerged. In November of 2013 I told my wife about the story I wanted to write and she started laughing then said she thought I was being facetious. She is not laughing anymore. In December I started the novel and she was my editor. She has read it many times and put up with my stubbornness and reluctance to change a word. I hope you will enjoy my story.