Copyright © 1998 by Kathleen Taylor
To Terry, and the Dianes, whose love and impatience prodded this book, finally, into being. And to Boob, who surely wishes it had taken longer.
I'd like to thank the following people for their help in researching and writing this book: Spink County Sheriff Gary Newman, for his suggestions on official procedure; Betty Baloun at the library, for keeping the copier warmed up; my sons, Curtis and Matthew Taylor, for the vernacular; and Kris Hansen, Jane Stimson, and Jody Weisflock, whose chapter-by-chapter enthusiasm kept me going.
And I would like to thank my agent, Jane Dystel, and my editor, Carrie Feron, for helping to put the revision into shape.
Special thanks go to my son Curtis Taylor ( http://ct-illustrator.blogspot.com/ ), who prodded me into releasing the series as e-books. He designed the wonderful new covers. I’m especially grateful to my friend Ryan Boettger, and his students in the Department of Linguistics & Technical Communication at the University of North Texas, Carrie Klein and Elizabeth Titus in particular, for doing such a wonderful job in converting this book to the proper format.