I dedicate this book to my father, William Seaton “Bill” Ward, who would have been 90 years old on April 7, 2016. I also dedicate this story to my mother, Mary Jane Lide Ward, who would’ve turned 90 on March 14, 2016. I know with every fiber of my being they loved me very much. Dear mom and dad, as the celebration of my 65 th year on this earth approaches, please consider this novel, The Gates of Pair O’ Dice, as a healing birthday present for all of us.

This picture of my parents on a footbridge was taken sometime in October of 1966 for an article in the Real Estate Section of the Raleigh News and Observer about our brand new 7,000 square foot house built in the shape of an H over a creek. My mom and dad were separated at the time, but they tried to make the best of things for this photo op.

Without any warning, on the night of November 14, 1966, my dad shot and killed himself. He was forty years old, and I had just turned fifteen. For any person, any family, going through tough times, I hope this story helps you heal.

Wild Bill Ward