Dedication: This book is dedicated to a very dear Sister-in-Crime, Carmel Shute. A woman of remarkable determination, charisma and kindness.
Epigraph: Oppress not the cubs of the stranger,
But hail them as Sister and Brother,
For though they be little and fubsy,
It may be the Bear is their mother. (Rudyard Kipling, The Law of the Jungle)