Those of you who have read my books over the years will noticed that, of late, I have been scraping the char off my boots, wiping the soot off my face, and venturing in other literary directions. My last book, Dabbling in Crime, was a collection of short stories first published in The Forensic Examiner and The Evening Sun, all of which dabbled, as the title so aptly conveys, in crimebut not exclusively the crime of arson. With my new book, originally serialized in Huntington News and The Evening Sun, I venture even farther from the cases I fictionalized when, as a private detective, I was investigating fires. My Mostly Happy Life: Autobiography of a Climbing Tree is an illustrated urban fantasy, the writing of which has allowed me to strap wings on my imagination, and fly. It is a book about a private park populated by people and plants who love, create, celebrate, battle bullies and bureaucrats, and ultimately survive. And they do so despite war, hurricanes, devastating floods, and tyrannical politicians. It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to the flora (trees) and fauna (people) in the Samuel Swerling Park. I love them all (except for Jarvis Larchmont. Boo. Hiss.), and Im sure that you will, too. Welcome to my world. So happy to meet you!