Richard Yancey is the author of the novels "A Burning in Homeland" and "The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp." "Alfred Kropp" is the debut novel in a Young Adult series; "Publishers Weekly" named it one of the best books of 2005. Yancey's memoir, "Confessions of a Tax Collector, "was published to wide critical acclaim in 2004 and was chosen as one of the ten best books of the year by "The Christian Science Monitor." "The Highly Effective Detective" is his first novel in the Teddy Ruzak series. Richard lives in Flordia with his wife and three sons. Contact him at www.rickyancey.com.