May 11th, 2021

Immunity Index

What “To Mike. You’re in there” means

My just-published novel, Immunity Index, has this dedication: 

To Mike. You’re in here.

Mike is my brother. He lives in Wausau, Wisconsin, and he helped me with some questions about the setting. Today is his birthday.

He appears obliquely on Page 158:

…wearing a purple T-shirt that said cancer survivor. … “I got this shirt from a neighbor. He was handing them out.…”

Mike is a cancer survivor and has quite a few purple survivor T-shirts from American Cancer Society events. He would be glad to share them with neighbors if there were a sudden need for purple clothing, so I sneaked him in, doing a good deed.