“Nihil sapientiae odiosius acumine nimio” – Petrarch
(Nothing is more hateful to wisdom than excessive cleverness)
I was trying to figure out where I got the idea for casebook 3 and the missing child, and googled ‘letter in plain sight’ because it is the key element I remembered.
Amazing machine that it is, Google’s first search result was for The Purloined Letter, an Edgar Allen Poe story I read as a child, and the story I had been thinking of when writing Book 3. I remember being fascinated by the idea that people could be fooled into not seeing the very thing they were looking for when it was purposefully left in plain sight. An interesting concept.
That is actually the second homage.
The first is for the working title: Unfound.
I’ll give you a hint if you’re not sure where that comes from;
Btw, that graphic to the left was created by C.Dog on the Dark Tower forum found here (and if that’s not the biggest hint ever, then, well, I can’t help you any more ; )