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Author writes of hallucinations even as he deals with them

Jay Cooper, 86, signs his new novel, "Hammurabi's Dagger," for friend Laura Muller of Huntington Beach, Calif.
Jay Cooper, 86, signs his new novel, "Hammurabi's Dagger," for friend Laura Muller of Huntington Beach, Calif.
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It was about 4:30 in the morning and something stirred Jay Cooper awake. The retired lawyer, then in his early 80s, heard voices outside his Corona del Mar, Calif., home. He flipped up the blinds and went to the balcony. That’s when he saw them: An entire troop of soldiers on horseback; the French cavalry. He could tell by details on their uniforms. Cooper rubbed his eyes. He wasn’t dreaming. An entire regiment was lined ...


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