I wrote three other P.I. books before I wrote Thread of Hope and I decided that I wanted to write about something that scared me. But not something like ghosts or clowns (don't ask) or things that go bump in the night. What was the one thing I feared most?

And that one thing was something happening to my daughter.

So I created a character whose daughter was abducted and never found. Her disappearance changed every aspect of his life and he's haunted by her disappearance and he can't let her go. So as he continues to search for her, he looks for other missing kids. And the irony is that he can find every missing child but his own.

It was a scary, uncomfortable book to write - but it's exactly the kind of book I wanted to write. But never have to live.

Book Description: Seven years after Joe Tyler's daughter Elizabeth was abducted, he hasn't stopped looking for answers, and he hasn't forgotten the friend who stood by him as he lost his wife, his home, and his career in his search. Now he's been brought back to San Diego by the news that this friend has been arrested for beating up a teenage girl—a girl not much older than Elizabeth would be now. Joe is convinced Chuck Winslow is innocent, but Chuck is in a coma and can't explain what happened. And the more Joe hears about what Chuck's been up to in the years he's been gone, the less Joe recognizes his old friend. To find out the truth, he will have to face his ex-wife, his former bosses and a hometown full of wealth, lies, illicit privilege and haunting memories. When Chuck's accuser goes missing, Joe must decide where his loyalties truly lie.