It takes a village to create a good book. Well, at least 87 people other than the writer (assuming I counted correctly).
That's how many people Joseph Finder specifically names in his acknowledgements section of his new book, Vanished. (Which, by the way, is a terrific read. I recommend it and look forward to more great stories featuring Nick Heller.) (And which, by the way, you may or may not be able to/want to purchase from Amazon. Yep. Joseph Finder's books were part of the collateral damage with the recent ugly battle over pricing. But I digress. Back to acknowleding people.)
He didn't just say, "The good people at _____." He named them. He took the time and trouble to show his appreciation in a much more personal way.
He also does a heck of a lot of research—which explains the compelling nature of his books. And he's a gentleman—he thanks everyone.
(And yes, I read acknowledgements. I read prologues too. I even—well, sometimes—read the whatchamacallit page that has the ISBN on it. Because I'm a writer. It's all interesting.)
Are you keeping a list? Not something in your head. I mean a real-real list.
Because I wasn't. Until now.
CR: I, Alex Cross by James Patterson. (I keep thinking I should put "Inc." after his name.)
It's all better with friends.