Dr. Richard R. Karlen was born and grew up in Newark, NJ., where
he practiced dentistry for thirty-five years. He currently lives
in Scotch Plains, NJ with his wife, daughter and son. Dr.
Karlen’s thirteenth work of fiction, After Chicago, will
be published by Iron-bound Press in the summer of 2014.
I have no
better friend or companion than my dearest Hiroko, my wife of 54
years. This book, no book I have written could have been
accomplished without her support.
I owe a
particular gratitude to my good friend, author Steve Patrick,
for his invaluable critical comments as well as his untiring
As usual, many
thanks to Ann and Chris Abrahams for their first-rate proofing
and editing of the manuscript.
I wish to
thank my talented granddaughter, Kim Karlen, for the design and
photograph of the front cover. She is a very special talent.
big thanks to Henry Mont, who designed the spine and back cover
of the book, as well as maintaining and updating my web page at