Tom Hawks was born and raised in the Chicago, Illinois area. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Sciences from Illinois State University and is also a graduate of the Chicago Police Academy. He has worked as a Police Officer in the Chicago area and in private security, prior to entering the Casino Gaming industry, as a Casino Surveillance Director and Regulator. Tom has lived and worked for over two decades in the casino surveillance and gaming regulatory fields for both commercially-owned Casino Hotel Resorts, as well as, Native American Tribes, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Arizona, Michigan, Illinois and Indiana. He is an avid reader of both fiction and nonfiction in U.S. history, military arts and sciences, law enforcement, crime, criminology, leadership principles, Native American philosophy and Zen Buddhist philosophy. He considers himself to be a writer, philosopher, a student of Native American history, culture and philosophy and a student of Zen Buddhist history, culture and philosophy. He is also a modern-day cowboy, a poet, a peaceful warrior and a student of life. He believes that he was destined to be a writer, a philosopher, a Buddhist monk, a hermit, a Mountain Man or all of the above combined. He is a simple man with a simple plan, who proudly lives and will proudly die by The Code of the West. Tom’s life heroes and mentors include: his dad, his son, Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, the legendary Lakota Sioux warrior Crazy Horse, Henry David Thoreau, singer/song-writer/novelist and Calypso poet Jimmy Buffett and every dog and horse he has ever had the pleasure to share his life with. Tom has lived in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Nevada and Illinois. He currently resides in Sahuarita, Arizona, with his wife Lynn and his best friend, a black Labrador retriever named Cowboy. His philosophy and way of living his life can be summed up in one word: Simplify. He may be reached via his personal email address at email@example.com. This is Tom’s third published novel.