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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 editorial assistance.

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.

And finally, 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 www.ironboundpress.net.

 Richard R. Karlen

 January 2014


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