The scene featuring Jack’s mother and her dog, Monty.

It was a full hour later when his mother breezed into his office, her pug, Monty, in her arms. After Jack gave her the obligatory kiss on her powdered cheek and Monty an obligatory, if reluctant pat on his bony head, they got down to talk about family and how with Diana’s delivery of a baby girl five days ago, she was a grandmother again.

“Leonie is an adorable infant. I can’t wait until Diana allows me to spoil her. “But
let’s talk about something else. For instance, what must be done to encourage MaryBeth to write again. The next installment of the Red Dragon Chronicles is long overdue.”