dear mr. burke, I knew that once I started reading your book, I wouldn't be able to put it down. Yet, I had to....the reality of Katrina in the first two chapters forced it. It's difficult to read through tears . When Dave finally came into the picture, it felt like being in a safe, familiar place....from then on it was nonstop reading until the last 20 pages when I didn't want to leave Bayou Teche. Two days later, I finished the book. It was great to see ALF back in the picture again, and not away at school. Dave is so fortunate..In all of your books, he has been loved and cared for by strong and loving women, that, in spite of all his flaws. Lucky man, (gosh and he's not even real)
It was a pleasant surprise to see my L.A. neighbor's name in the acknowledgments. Both of you have shown the world the travesty and ineptitude of those who supposedly represent us and serve our best interests ( ha ha) and as a result have shown us the physical and emotional damage that Rita and Katrina brought upon both the people and land of Louisiana, Mississippi, etc. Thanks to you both.
Finally, Dave's not going to retire yet, is he?