I saw on Simon and Schuster's site, a brief description of your upcoming novel Creole Belle and, like so many others I'm sure, I was moved and very, very pleased to see Mr. Robicheaux is alright and back to us. I read that it will partly deal with a Gulf oil well blowout, and I again, I was deeply moved. I think back to when BP's rig unleashed its poisons in our waters, and how I was so very upset, having to monitor the news while serving in Iraq, how I ranted to you about it, and the devistation it caused for my family and countless others making their living along the coast...and how you encouraged me to send my thoughts to newspapers around the country.
I have a deep respect for you, Mr. Burke, and it goes far beyond your outstanding abilites as a writer. It has to do with a man such as yourself taking up causes that affect the wonderful state of La, particularly south La, from Katrina to BP spills, and silently placing them into the minds, hearts and souls of your readers spanning the globe, making it personal...Making it seem as if the evil and wrongdoings which you bring to light have befallen themselves. It's important and reassuring that while being entertained by your untouchable prose, your fans are not always reading merely fiction...But real life happenings as well.
So I thank you for that. I won't soon forget what you've done for the Cajun people, culture, and land they dwell in. And I especially won't ever forget how a certain famed writer, who must lead an incredibly busy life, took the time to box up a bunch of his novels...and send them to an Air Force guy stuck thousands of miles from home.
A Blessed Christmas and New Year to you and your family.