Charles gives an overview of the book:
I have always had a problem dealing with kids and old people. Since the death of my son, Ethan, killed when he was six, along with his mother and several of his soccer teammates when a truck driver ran a stop sign and T-boned the van my wife Sarah was driving, bringing them back from an evening soccer game in Northern Virginia, I’ve avoided children as much as possible. I’m godfather to my friend Buster Mayweather’s twins, a boy and a girl, but I don’t have to be around them all that much, so it hasn’t presented much of a problem. As for the elderly, one would think that as I approach my own fiftieth birthday, it wouldn’t be an issue. One would be wrong. Other than my grandmother, who never acted her age until she died at the age of ninety-six, and Carlton Raine, an octogenarian who is retired from the CIA, I haven’t had to be around old people much. Raine, whose nickname is ‘Blood,’ for some pretty gory reasons, has been living with a woman 47 years his junior for over a year, so it’s hard to think of him as old. If you saw Elizabeth Sung, a lawyer I’d introduced him to, you’d think he was the young one; she always has a satisfied look on her face.
I’m a private investigator, 49 years old, and I’ve been running my own agency, with the help of my trusty assistant, Heather Bunche, for a little over a decade. We’re on retainer to the law firm of Holcombe, Stein and Chang, in which my old army buddy, Quincy Chang, is the junior partner. Mostly I track down missing heirs, deadbeat clients, and do the occasional background check for them; not really demanding or dangerous work, but, along with the fees we get from the occasional case that comes over the transom, it pays the rent, utilities, Heather’s salary, and leaves a little over for me. I don’t spend much; taking care of my living expenses with my army retirement pay.
It’s not that I don’t respect age, you understand; I just don’t know how to deal with it.
So, I found myself wondering what the hell I was doing at the Shady Grove Retirement Center in Rockville, Maryland, surrounded by a group of people that were old when I was born, considering one of the over-the-transom cases.
A native of East Texas, I have been involved in leading organizations (particularly those in trouble) for over 40 years. I have written a number of articles on history, culture and leadership, and have written three books on leadership in addition to my fiction works. The Al...
kudos to Charlie for his terrific book "Things I Learned from my Grandmother about Leadership and Life ." I gobbled it up and it would be wonderful reading for whatever incarnation of leadership training...
Things I Learned From My Grandmother About Leadership and Life is a small book that makes a great impact. Charles Ray, the author blends his fond memories of his grandmother with his dual career as a...