“I get that question quite a bit. The names do, of course, have in common their legal profession and their Italian heritage. In addition, the name “Paul” is my middle name. But that’s about where the similarities end. There are very few other similarities between my principal character and myself, though some of his life experiences seem to track my own, particularly a few of his more recent travels. In terms of temperament and demeanor, I probably bear more similarity to Harry Hinds, Paul’s law partner.”