In 1998 I took an office in the old Pioneer Building on Yessler to craft The Jury Master, Damage Control and Wrongful Death. I call it an office but that's being generous. It was an 8x8 windowless, brick wall cave with a door. I'd sit at my desk, crafting my novels and, for a break, I'd walk up to Cherry and into Seattle Mystery Bookshop. Many hours I sat reading, picking up books on the craft, wondering if Robert Dugoni books would find there way onto the shelves. Little did I know I was getting an education on the craft in general and legal thrillers in particular as JB and Fran would recommend books to me: Thomas Perry, John Lescroart, Phil Margolin. Now, five books later I come back yearly to do my signings, still amazed I'm on the shelves and one of "Fran's Recommends" for my latest David Sloane Novel, Bodily Harm.