Haven't read Dave's latest life event in Creole Belle, but am looking forward to it. The reason I visited Louisiana a few years back is because of these books. It was like visiting an old friend--that is why I am a repeat customer to Mr. Burke's books. He weaves the story in the reader's mind as if they are are there in New Iberia and witnessing it all in real time. We believe and connect with these people; they are our friends. Amazing how the reader can't seem to let go of Dave and Clete .... they cannot possibly leave us behind. Are we afraid somehow that their departure is our own? I've learned more about the South, the politics and its people reading this spectacular series then any news program or history book could ever provide me. The author allows us to follow these courageous characters through their daily routines and experience their fears, happiness and triumphs. Most of us want to find our place, how we fit in this life puzzle, and by witnessing Dave and Clete's struggles, we know, at least during the course of the novel, that we're not so different afterall--which is a comfort.
Thanks Mr. Burke for bringing Dave and Clete to life in our minds.