JOSEPH TACHOVSKY is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and the son of Frank Tachovsky, commanding officer of the 40 Thieves on Saipan, also known as Tachovsky's Terrors. CYNTHIA KRAACK holds a B.A. in journalism and history from Marquette University, a master's degree from the University of Minnesota, and an M.F.A. from the University of Southern Maine. She is the author of five novels, including the award-winning The High Cost of Flowers.