The Authors

Suzanne G. Beyer

With warmth and wit, co-author Suzanne Beyer shares the human, personal side of the journey to secure some of Great Uncle Art’s fortune for the group of cousins known as The Mighty Nine—a group which did not include two cousins who had placed themselves in opposition to Suzanne and her cohorts.

Suzanne, a Staten Island, New York native and graduate of the University of Vermont, majored in German with a minor in French.  Although she still loves international languages, her love of writing (in English!) emerged above all.

Suzanne serves as associate editor and writer for Seattle’s magazine, Northwest Prime Time, and also writes the monthly “Around Town” column for her local Bothell-Kenmore Reporter newspaper. Her many articles have appeared in twenty national magazines on a wide range of topics from health concerns to sports.

Her long-standing mantra was “I’ll never write a book.” Obviously, best-laid plans can change, and this book is proof of that!

Suzanne and her husband, Don, a retired fisheries scientist, live in Bothell, Washington.  They have two grown daughters, Sabrina and Kalisa.


John S. Pfarr

Co-author and successful Rhode Island and Connecticut attorney John Pfarr recounts his quest to achieve justice for Art Hadley’s great-nieces and great-nephews. By challenging the establishment and disregarding foregone conclusions, he made sure his clients had their day in court and that they made the most of it. The resulting adventure became the case of his lifetime.

A native of the Midwest with a bachelor of arts from Harvard University and a juris doctor cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, John is a principal in the Essex, CT-Phoenix, AZ law firm of Pfarr & Rethore, PC (

John sees his primary role in his estate planning practice as that of educator. To this end, he is a co-author of four books, written to be understandable to his clients, on specific areas of estate planning. His office contains various visual aids to facilitate his teaching style. His professorial-like presentation and the visual aids enable him to take the mystique out of estate planning, demonstrating to his clients that mastering core principles is not only easy but fun. He believes an educated client’s active participation in the planning process produces an estate plan that captures the client’s objectives rather than the lawyer simply telling the client what she or he needs.

The Inventor’s Fortune is John’s first book in story format. In addition to making it fun and suspenseful, John uses the story as a vehicle to educate the reader on important aspects of the law.

John lives with his wife, Ellen, a social worker addressing the needs of abused and neglected children, in Essex, Connecticut. Between them, they have four children—Maria Berthoud, John Pfarr, Mary Ellen Robeson and Lauren Falzarano—and four grandchildren.