And now he's gone. No more of his book recommendations on those little cards in the store. Now more more e-mails, no more talking about what we've read. It's hard to believe that someone so bright, so young, and so full of plans can just not be here, can be gone, just like that. Judy and I have been stunned all day. We can't stop talking about it. A few tears have been shed.
Not that David's really gone, of course. He'll be remembered by hundreds of people. Surely everyone in the mystery community knew him, even if they hadn't met him. He touched us all in one way or another.
I suspect a lot of people have gone by the store today just to be there and to say how much they'll miss David. If I could have, I'd have gone by, too, but it wasn't in the cards. So I'll just say good-bye here. Ave atque vale, David.