My history with this week’s Behind the Book interview goes back to high school — Don Johnson gamely agreed to mentor me in an independent study program in private investigation. Later I began part-time work with him, and when I graduated from college moved to full-time. To say that Don has been an influence on my life and writing would be a gross understatement. He gave me numerous opportunities that I didn’t deserve, always supported my writing interest even if it meant less convenient schedules for him, and always answered questions. He’s also an excellent investigator — once honored as national private investigator of the year — and is currently the director of the National Association of Legal Investigators.